Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers has praised “fabulous” Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount ahead of Tuesday’s Premier League clash at King Power Stadium.
The 22-year-old has been one of the first few names on Frank Lampard’s team sheet, with only N’Golo Kante having played more minutes in the Premier League at Chelsea this season.
After his man-of-the-match performance against Fulham on Sunday, he is expected to start against Leicester.
Rodgers, who spent four years as a coach at Chelsea academy, said he didn’t have the opportunity to coach Mount but could see why Lampard really trusts the midfielder.
“I’ve seen his talent for a number of years now — he’s a fabulous player with great mobility and great technique,” Rodgers said of Mount during his press conference on Monday.
“It tells you everything about his mentality that Frank [Lampard] plays him pretty much every game.
“He’s only doing that because he knows [Mount] is a top player who has the hunger and desire to succeed.”
Rodgers said that it’s great to see Mount developed as a young player at Derby before breaking into the Chelsea first team.
“Those boys that have come through Chelsea, they always want the club to do well,” he added.
Given the numbers of games he has played in his career, it is easy to forget that Mount is still a developing, young player.
Lampard summed it up perfectly during his press conference on Monday: “Anyone who understands football or watches Mason Mount play understands what an incredible talent he is, just turned 22.
“Imagine when he’s 25, 27.”
One very important attribute that Mount has that many other top talents don’t is his natural fitness.
As he proved in the last two seasons, he is capable of playing 40 to 50 games a season.
If he can keep it up, Chelsea may already have a centre-midfielder they can rely on week in week out for many years to come.