Lampard’s youth-centric project at Chelsea hasn’t quite taken off as desired, with just one win in four Premier League tries, but there are certainly some promising signs that if and when it all comes together, the team will be able to challenge on multiple fronts.
Two of the key contributors as Lampard opted for back-to-back “youngest lineups” in decades have been centre forward Tammy Abraham, 21, and attacking midfielder Mason Mount, 20. Two of the brightest jewels of the Chelsea Academy, they’ve been repaying the coach’s faith with 6 goals between them — in fact, all 6 of Chelsea’s Premier League goals have been scored by the pair, 4 for Tammy and 2 for Mason — and the latter even received a call-up from England and could be in line for his debut later this week.
Fellow Chelsea and England teammate Ross Barkley, who’s often in direct competition with the youngster, has also been impressed, noticing many similarities between Mount and their common idol, the Chelsea head coach. Having a Lampard-esque player at Euro 2020 sure could be beneficial to England’s hopes, right, Ross?
“I believe he will be in the squad 100 per cent when it comes to it. Then it is down to him but I believe he will be [in the England Euro 2020 team] because of how good he is and the things I have seen this season.
“The way he arrives in the box and gets shots away early, it is similar to Lamps. He has a really good technique with how he finishes as well. He is a brilliant player.”
“He is hungry to improve, hungry to score and hungry to help the team in any way he can, if it is out on the left, in the No10 or in a midfield three.”
- Ross Barkley; source: Evening Standard
Obviously, Mason Mount has a very long way to go before he can be truly compared with Lampard, but his performances so far in his debut season in the Premier League point to a very bright future indeed. Here’s hoping the team can start picking up a few wins in the meantime as well.