Mason Mount had an afternoon to remember as Chelsea thumped Everton 4-0 on Sunday.
The attacking midfielder, who enjoyed a stunning start to the season with five goals and two assists in the opening 15 games of the new campaign, has been experiencing a dip in form.
But with N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic and Jorginho all unavailable either through injury or suspension, head coach Frank Lampard kept faith in Mount against the Toffees.
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And that decision turned out to be the right one.
Mount broke the deadlock with a sweetly struck effort which caught Jordan Pickford out at his near post to bring about his first Premier League goal since the 2-1 home win over Aston Villa all the way back in December.
Unsurprisingly the 21-year-old’s celebration was mixed with sheer joy as well as relief.
In addition, he debuted a little dance for the home supporters and took to Twitter to explain his new moves.
“Had to pull out the Frankenstein,” Mount posted on social media in a message to @Chunkz_EN .
Mount was partnered in central midfield by Ross Barkley and Billy Gilmour against Everton, and Lampard was pleased with the balance.
“I’m not trying to be anyone but look at how Man City play it with offensive No8s working off the ball,” he said in his post-match press conference . “I’m not going to lie and say, not concerns, but you’re very aware that when you play two players who could be No10s, they have a lot more work to do off the ball.
“They had the capacity to do it so it was more can you be focused and use your energy, maybe not all the time to go in a forward direction but to use it slightly backwards and be away you need to protect Billy when the ball was on the other side.
“We had those talks and that was one of the most pleasing parts of the performance for me. They gave us that. When we had the ball, we had two really offensive players…