Frank Lampard is confident that with the right adjustments to his game, Mason Mount can become a 10-15 goals-a-season scorer for Chelsea similar to his heyday in the Blues midfield.
Everything Lampard says about Mount has to be extra-qualified, such is now well-worn cliche of teacher and apparent star pupil, but the Chelsea manager’s trust and faith in the 22-year-old is because he sees echoes of his own approach and attitude.
On Saturday, Mount claimed his second goal inside a week for Chelsea to secure a 1-0 win at Fulham and while his influence on the team continues to grow, Lampard claims as he gets older, he needs to be more of a consistent goalscoring presence.
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Mount scored eight goals in his breakout season for the Blues last term and 11 while on loan at Derby under Lampard, and 14 the previous term with Vitesse Arnhem, so has pedigree. But as his manager admits, he didn’t really come into his own as a genuine penalty-box threat until he approached his mid-20s.
After signing for Chelsea in 2001, aged 22, Lampard scored seven and then eight goals in his first two seasons for the club before 2003/04 began a run of 10 straight campaigns in which he hit double figures, with his average per term a remarkable 16.2.
“It’s a conversation I have a lot with with Mason because I agree, he can get more goals from midfield,” Lampard, who scored 211 goals in 648 games for Chelsea, said. “I’m always on him at that because obviously that was something big in my game.
“I’ve alluded to it before, my serious goalscoring came at Chelsea when I was 25, 26. And I’m not trying to measure Mason against myself, I just understand that when your game is developing – and he offers so much on and off the ball for us – it’s not as easy to be getting goals regularly. But he will.