Former Blues midfielder and coach Jody Morris has named Mason Mount as the best Chelsea player in Frank Lampard’s tenure as manager.
To be fair, this is hardly a surprise, given how much Lampard relied on the 22-year-old.
Mount also spent a season on loan under Lampard at Derby County, so he had already earned the former manager’s trust earlier than most of his teammates.
It was far from being the only reason, however, as Morris insisted Mount earned his regular spot through his performances.
“He genuinely was performing better than anybody else,” the former Lampard’s assistant told the Off The Hook podcast with Jimmy Bullard.
“Training better than them, performing [in matches] better than them.”
Morris added that there were always fans complaining when Lampard decided to certain a certain player over the others, but in Mount’s case might have been inevitable.
“The one thing I would say about Mason is that it [the criticism] stayed as a constant because he played more than anybody else,” he explained.
“But in the 18 months we were there, he was the best player we had, the best player at Chelsea.
“He was top drawer. He wants to improve, he gives you everything, he’s tactically so bright and again, that’s why he got player of the year last season.”