Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount said Frank Lampard gave him some advice during his goalless 18-games spell and explained his mistakes.
Mount ended his three-month goal drought with an opener against Everton in the Premier League on Sunday. It gets his total tally this season to six, second-most at Chelsea.
But the 21-year-old admitted he was desperate to find the net which led him to make questionable decisions at times.
He told Football London: “I have found recently that I have been trying too hard to score and kind of snatching at shots and trying to take shot when off-balance and stuff.
“When you’re so focused on scoring and thinking ‘I need to score’, you do that.”
Mount sought advice from Frank Lampard
Lampard gave the young midfielder some advice to find a space to shot instead of trying to pull an impossible.
Mount said: “[Lampard] has been talking to me about getting into positions,” Mount said. “I think I took a shot against Bournemouth from kind of an impossible angle where I was just trying to score a worldy when it wasn’t on. We spoke about that.
“I just wanted to score so much and then it is something where you don’t have to try so much. It just comes at the right time and it did today.”
Mount has always been a goalscoring midfielder and the lack of goals during that period has gotten into his mind. He scored 11 goals in all competition for Derby County last season and 14 goals at the Dutch outfit Vitesse Arnhem the season before.
He has registered the second-most shots at Chelsea in the Premier League (68 shots). Only 16 of those hit the target, while the rest are either blocked (26) or off-target (27).
Hopefully, he has learned his lesson. Chelsea could use some goals from midfield, especially in the absence of the club goalscorer Tammy Abraham.