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Mason Mount has won his way into the Chelsea first team under Frank Lampard, and the youngster has been impressive even right from pre-season.
It hasn’t just been Mount, five Chelsea youngsters are currently fighting their way into the team – something that has been strange at the club.
In the Champions League clash against Lille, four Chelsea academy products started the game – Fikayo Tomori, Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham and Reece James, while Callum Hudson-Odoi was a second-half substitute.
Mount has admitted that it has been a shocking experience for him so far.
“It’s been a crazy first couple of months,” Mount told Sky Sports News.
“Sometimes it’s quite strange on the training pitch or playing games looking across and seeing someone you’ve played with for so many years.
“Hopefully this year we can try to win a trophy and build on that in the next couple of years.”
On Lampard’s influence, Mount revealed that the young players are willing to work the extra mile for their manager. He added: “You want to give that extra mile for him.
“Mentally you’ve got to be ready. It’s a big step and just because you’re a young player doing well it doesn’t mean you’re going to be ready for the first team. You’ve got to show the manager that you’re ready.
“You hear all this stuff about there is not going to be another academy player coming through but now look at it.
“There are numerous players coming through. Now it has happened I’m focused on working hard and playing as many games as I can.”