Mount hails the quality of the Chelsea youngsters in Frank Lampard’s squad

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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has given playing opportunities to several Chelsea youngsters, and the Blues academy products have given a good account of themselves in the Chelsea first team.

Reece James is the latest Chelsea academy product to start a Premier League game for the Blues, and the 19-year-old was extraordinary coming up against Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha.

Mason Mount has hailed the quality of the Chelsea youngsters and also the support they have gotten from the fans.

“At the beginning of the season we knew what we had in the squad,” Mount told the official Chelsea website.

“We knew the quality and that the young players would be coming through and trying to make the step up to be big players in the team.

“We knew we had the quality, so we always set goals of being up near the top of the table. That was always our target. We’re doing very well at the moment, getting that momentum going, and that’s all you can ask for really.

“It means so much to us young boys to come through and have the belief and support from all the fans.

“We give all we have to win the games and to be playing well, because we want to win games for the fans. To have them behind us gives us that extra boost in games, to keep going. We all have so much passion for the game and to play for Chelsea. We’ve been through the Academy, we know what it’s like to step up and have that passion throughout and that drive to want to play for the badge.”

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