Mason Mount has admitted that he was snatching at opportunities during his 18-game run without a goal but the Chelsea midfielder is now hoping to put an end to overthinking his finishing after some help from Frank Lampard and his father, Tony.
The 21-year-old ended his drought with the opener in Sunday’s 4-0 win against Everton thanks to a smooth turn and finish to the bottom left corner that gave his England team-mate Jordan Pickford no chance.
While that strike brought Mount’s tally for the season to six, his previous goal came in the win over Aston Villa on December 4. And that barren spell led to him seeking advice from his dad and Lampard, one of the game’s great midfield goalscorers.
“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,” Mount said. “When you are so focused on scoring and thinking I need to score then you do that.
“It does happen that you start snatching at it. You don’t take your time and focus on your technique enough. I had looked at my game and where I have been going wrong recently and to aim to stay calm and not to try to look for it as much as I have been.
“It just happened. It just happened. I took a touch and turned and finished. It wasn’t me kind of thinking about it too much.”
Lampard spoke to Mount about the areas he was shooting from and letting loose from better positions, with the midfielder conceding that his desperation to score has sometimes meant he has made the wrong choice during games.
Mount has yet to score from outside the penalty area this season despite taking 40 long-range attempts (only six of them have been on target). Despite that poor return, he has an overall xG of 9.85 in the Premier League this season, indicating that his real tally is an underperformance.
Mount senior, meanwhile, continues to provide advice with appraisals after every game that have carried on from childhood -…