Mason Mount is the most improved player in the Premier League – and he reminds me of Frank Lampard.
He is getting better and better and has the same attitude Frank did, one hundred per cent. He’s always working hard, always trying to get better.
Frank got accused of being the teacher’s pet as well at West Ham when Harry Redknapp was manager, and the same happened to Mason at Chelsea.
But Lampard has been proved right about Mason Mount. It was Lampard who gave him his big chance when he was manager. And he’s taken it with both hands.
Look how much money Chelsea spent on Kai Havertz and Timo Werner and they are nowhere near as important as Mount.
Mason Mount became Chelsea’s youngest ever goalscorer in a Champions League knockout match this week
He’s the go-to man now, and that’s phenomenal at his age. He carries the team.
Watch him when he passes it. It gets there. He makes sure. He doesn’t over-complicate things. And he’s clever.
The turn and shot for the goal against Porto. He knew what he was going to do before he got the ball. I think he’s top drawer.
And I think Thomas Tuchel was surprised by how good he was. He didn’t pick him for his first game. But he’s the first name on the teamsheet now.
Lampard won a Champions League medal during his playing days at Chelsea and Mount is just as important to the Blues
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He got left out against West Brom and look what happened. It’s not the first time I’ve seen a manager come here and under-estimate this league.
Tuchel picked too many players out of form for that game expecting to win and they lost. Now they’re in a battle.
They might look back on that at the end of the season as the point when the top four slipped away. They shot themselves in the foot.
Mason Mount has become an integral part of the Chelsea line-up