Frank Lampard has admitted that Mason Mount is exceeding expectations at Chelsea this season and has now challenged him to kick on.
The 20-year-old has been one of the major success stories this campaign at Stamford Bridge, as one of the academy stars to make the breakthrough into the first-team.
He’s quickly become a key player in the XI and it helps that he played under Lampard last season when on loan in the Championship with Derby County.
Mount has settled so quickly into the Chelsea side, where he’s found success on both the left flank and also a more central role.
The attacking midfielder has forced his way into Gareth Southgate’s England squad and he’s on a steep trajectory to the top right now.
“I am really proud of him. His loan spell in Holland and the Championship, I saw the quality and character. He might have exceeded our expectations. The next story is up to him. He has to keep working,” Lampard said, as quoted by Football.London.
Mount has four goals and two assists so far this season for the Blues and he can be a real threat when he goes forward.
His aim is now to become more consistent in front of goal and a first Champions League goal when Chelsea face Ajax on Tuesday night in the group stages would be ideal.
It seems like he’s undroppable from Lampard’s side right now, as he’s has a tireless work-rate to go alongside his individual quality in possession.
Mount is going to endure dips in form due to his inexperience, but he’s got a mature head on his shoulders and there is definitely star ability that Lampard trust him.
It will be intriguing to see what happens when Ruben Loftus-Cheek eventually returns from his long-term injury absence.