Mason Mount has been one of the biggest talking point at Chelsea in the first few weeks of the season. The 20-year-old has managed to force himself into the first-team reckoning against all the odds and he has also repaid Frank Lampard’s faith with some excellent performances already. Those performances have helped Mount secure a place in the England squad for the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers.
Mount’s elevation to becoming a member of the England senior team is likely to result in a lot of spotlight. Lampard reckons that the midfielder is mature enough to be able to handle the spotlight and still continue with his good performances. According to Sky Sports, Lampard said:
“We’re delighted for Mason, it is great recognition. I’m confident in his strength of character, desire and hunger.
“Everyone has to keep their feet on the ground to a degree, first and foremost. I think he will as it’s only the start for him in terms of his Chelsea career.
“But I’m confident he will take the responsibility that comes with it and keep working, because that is what is important now.”
It is not the first time that Mount has been included in the England senior squad, but he has not made his debut for England. This could change in the next few weeks, as England take on Bulgaria and Kosovo in two crucial qualifying games.
Once Lampard’s return to Chelsea – as a manager for the first time – became confirmed, it was widely expected that Mount and Tammy Abraham were two players who could profit a lot. Both players had played key role for Lampard during his time at Derby County, but it was never expected that both players could play a key role in the team at this stage in the season. Mount has started all of the league matches for Chelsea, and he has scored twice already.
Few young players at Chelsea have been able to receive so much game time at this stage of the season. Even though the likes of Mount and Abraham have been immensely helped transform ban at Chelsea, there is a conscious effort from Lampard to reward players who have been working hard in training and on the pitch.
The energy and effervescence provided by Mount has been extremely impressive. He has been at the focal point of every pressing move, which has already led to a couple of goals for the Blues in this early part of the season. The goals against Leicester and Norwich have also helped him gain a lot of confidence.
The media spotlight will continue to grow on Mount if he continues with the same vein of form. Even if he had been impressive for Derby County last season, the pressure of representing a club like Chelsea will be felt only in such a circumstance. The young shoulders of the England midfielder may not be able to cope with it straight away, but he has one of the best possible mentors standing just behind him in the form of Lampard.
After being questioned, mocked, and ridiculed on a number of occasions, Lampard was able to make a major impact for club and country due to sheer determination and hard work. The Blues legend never allowed the spotlight and praises to get to his head. The inviolable experiences gained by Lampard over his stellar career could actually help shape Mount into a crucial player for the blues and England.