Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has claimed he hopes Mason Mount has returned from the international break fully fit ahead of Saturday, as the team travel to Newcastle United in the Premier League.
The Blues make the long trip to St James’ Park for their next league fixture and will be hoping to continue he kind of form they were showing before the pause for the international break.
A wave of Chelsea stars went away with their country, including 21-year-old star Mount.
The attacking midfielder started all three of England’s matches during the two-week break and is becoming an important part of Gareth Southgate’s XI ahead of next summer’s European Championship.
Lampard believes that he’s currently in great form and has explained how he does a lot of impressive work that goes unnoticed by supporters.
“Maybe he’s a player that has more quality passes in pressing moments in a game than a showreel of stepovers and flicks. Maybe that’s not as exciting to the modern fan, but for us managers, I think you can see how much we rely on him,” Lampard said about Mount, as quoted by Football.London.
“With Mason I hope that he comes through fresh [from the international break] because at the minute he’s in great form.”
There seems to be a wave of neutral supporters that are quick to criticise Mount at any opportunity when he puts on an England shirt, but the truth is he’s scored in two of his last five appearances for his country and brings an incredible work-rate to the team.
He can now focus on his club football at Stamford Bridge and he knows Lampard has big faith in him, with his latest comments suggesting he could be starting against Newcastle if fit enough.
Despite the ability to play in wide positions, he’s looking more effective as a central midfielder and the Chelsea boss has stumbled across a formation that is getting the best out of several positions.
There appears to be a lovely balance in the centre of the park with Mount and Kai Havertz as two numbers eights ahead of N’Golo Kante sitting, plus Mateo Kovacic has the game to play a box-to-box role.