In the build-up to yesterday’s London Derby at Stamford Bridge, Frank Lampard spoke of Chelsea’s youngsters needing to step up if we are to have any shot at not only beating Spurs, but achieving our Youth Revolution Season 1 goals of a top-four finish and at least one deep Cup run.
Lampard specifically singled out young Mason Mount, often seen as his favored protégé due to their prior association at Derby County and team-leading number of appearances this season (if not always starts) at such a tender age — and thus often the target of undue criticisms and pressures from the fickle mob.
And while Lampard did mention goals and assists, the yardstick by which attacking players get measured at the end of the day, the 21-year-old rose to the challenge magnificently without having to appear on the scoresheet. (He did get a secondary assist, but unfortunately that’s not a tracked statistic; he also should’ve had an assist but Tammy Abraham flubbed his lines.)
Not gonna lie, this touch from Mason Mount was absolutely masterful Shame the chance caught Tammy on his weak foot.. pic.twitter.com/pm0gAhTomA— Miles(follow limit) (@MilesOfCFC) February 22, 2020
Now, Lampard’s hoping that Mason Mount, Professional Annoyer, Esq. gets the proper recognition anyway.
“Mason’s run [for Alonso’s goal was important]. Mason’s performance, I hope that gets digested properly afterwards. A lot of people talk about Mason and his goals but his work rate and his sharpness in his game today was unbelievable.”
-Frank Lampard; source: Metro
Mount’s been improving over the last few games, which have included the double-set-piece-assist game against Leicester City, the impactful appearance off the bench against United on Monday (where he hit the post twice and had an assist ruled out by a toe), and now Saturday’s razor-sharpness.
As always, and especially with young players, consistency is the big question. But if Mason can string together performances like Saturday’s, our outlook for this season should improve measurably.