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Chelsea academy graduate Mason Mount stood out in Chelsea’s 1-0 defeat to Kawasaki Frontale on Friday.
Leandro Damiao scored with minutes to spare which subjected the Blues to our first loss in pre-season under Frank Lampard, having drew against Bohemians and beat St Patrick’s 4-0 in Ireland.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard praised the performance of the 20 year old and suggested it is time for the youngster to shine at Stamford Bridge.
Mount played under Lampard at Derby last season in the Championship, helping them to the Championship play-off final where the Rams narrowly lost out to Aston Villa.
Lampard said: “I thought Mason’s performance was really good and it was a continuation of how he played for me last year and how he’s trained for me since last Friday as he’s not been with us long, but his energy and his quality.
“Mason’s part of the first-team squad this year and it’s time for him. His qualities will improve even more with the qualities around him.
“Everyone knows the hopes I have for Mason and he showed today a glimmer early in pre-season of what we might see this year and going forward.”