'Will be better': Lampard thinks 22-year-old Chelsea player is going to improve this season

Former Chelsea manager Frank Lampard said Mason Mount would be wise to be fuelled on by his European Championship disappointment.

Speaking at McDonald’s Fun Football event to Football Daily, Lampard was asked whether England’s young stars could overcome their sorrows from the summer.

Gareth Southgate’s side ventured all the way to the final, only to be beaten by Italy on penalties in front of a wild Wembley crowd.

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It was an unfortunate end to what had been a wonderful tournament for the team.

Mount would have been desperate for the win more than most after he missed two matches due to covid isolation protocols.

Lampard predicts more from Mount

Despite the eventual feeling of despair, Lampard explained that the hurt could benefit the Chelsea midfielder and make him even stronger this season, due to the confidence he could have gained from the lengthy run to the final.

“He (Mount) can and they can [get better from it],” said the Blues icon.

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“Young players like Declan Rice, Phil Foden, Sancho’s coming to the Premier League now, I think they will be better.

“For whatever their experiences were, whether it ended in disappointment to different degrees of course because they didn’t win, I know they would have been desperate to do that.

“Once the dust settles, I think you appreciate that you’ve got a tournament like that behind you. I certainly felt the confidence off the back of that.

“So, hopefully they feel that and take it back to their club football.”

Looking ahead to Lukaku

Now back with Chelsea after a well-earned break, Mount can start looking ahead to what should be a very exciting season at Stamford Bridge.

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He will soon be greeted with a new attacking partner in crime.

Romelu Lukaku’s record-breaking move from Inter Milan is all but completed.

The 28-year-old could make his second debut this Saturday against Crystal Palace in front of a full home stadium.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.