Chelsea legend Frank Lampard has revealed his aim for Mason Mount, who is on loan at Derby County, is to return to Chelsea at the end of the season a better player ready to play first team football at Stamford Bridge.
The 20-year-old midfielder has impressed while on loan at Derby County and has already been called up to the senior England side.
“In the modern day, he has got every box ticked in terms of his attributes,” Lampard told talkSPORTS.
“This year has been a great learning curve for him in the Championship, which is a tough league.
“What he does give is a real energy off the ball. His energy and desire to win the ball back is brilliant and then when you talk about the talent he has, he has everything to go right to the top.
“The England call-up he got will come again. His attitude and hunger is something that really pleases me.
“He is absolutely desperate to succeed, every day the way he trains he wants to improve.
“My aim is to send him back to Chelsea and go ‘there you go, you are one or two or three steps closer to their first team’”.
Former Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole reunited with Frank Lampard at Derby County. Lampard signed the 38-year-old until the end of the season and has hailed the impact of his former Chelsea teammate.
“In terms of being a winner and being around the block and bringing an experience to the group – and we are quite a young group in a lot of ways this year,” Lampard added.
“I just felt that, not just playing-wise because Ashley is always going to be helpful to me playing-wise, but the way he is as someone who is going to help us.
“And it’s been that way – his work ethic has rubbed off instantly on the players.
“For the players to see someone who has won the lot, but be humble, be first in at training and working on his game by putting pressure on himself day in and day out.
“And then to be vocal in team meetings and speak the truth and stand up and say things in front of people has been brilliant for me to have a player that can send that message to the players.
“So that’s been great and I’ve enjoyed working with him in that sense and it’s not been a problem the transition from playing together and then him being a player while I’m managing.”