Chelsea star Mason Mount has been labelled the best young player in the Premier League.
That is the verdict from Everton legend Tim Cahill, who also revealed he is a big fan of Frank Lampard.
The Blues have operated in a way never seen before in the Roman Abramovich era.
With a transfer ban overhead, the west London outfit have turned to their academy for players this campaign.
It has seen the likes of Mount, Tammy Abraham and Reece James become key players while Callum Hudson-Odoi, Billy Gilmour and Fikayo Tomori have also impressed.
And though it has been far from perfect, the signs are promising for Lampard’s young team.
Frank Lampard gave Mason Mount his Chelsea debut
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They sit fourth in the Premier League and made it to the knockout stage of the Champions League, all in the Englishman’s first year in the competition as a manager.
Previously, Lampard had just one year of managerial experience at Derby – where he coached Mount on loan from the Blues.
And ex-Australia star Cahill reckons the England international is a star in the making.
“I like the look of Mason Mount,” Cahill told Sky Sports when asked to name the best young player in the league.
Mason Mount has netted six times this season
“I think he’s a top goalscorer and he’s got a massive career ahead of him.
“One of the reasons why I like him a lot is because of his coach (Frank Lampard) and the way that he’s trying to mould a player similar to himself.
“He can lead him and show him the right ways.
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“You can see that starting to come to fruition with his football this season. I’m a big fan.”
Mount has been a key part of Chelsea’s team this season, playing in all 29 matches in the Premier League.
He has scored six times and assisted a further five while also making his bow for the England international set-up.