Lampard: Even Gareth Southgate knows the importance of Mason Mount

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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has defended his over reliance on Mason Mount, by defending the player’s ability on the pitch, as well as his attitude.

According to Lampard, even England manager Gareth Southgate knows the worth of Mount, as the 21-year-old has already made an impression in the Three Lions squad.

The Chelsea manager said: “I do understand the situation and what will overcome everything is Mason’s talent and attitude.

“He has a faultless attitude in terms of how he approaches the game, and that is what has got him into this position so far. He gets picked regularly in the England squad because I know Gareth Southgate and Steve Holland have absolute respect for how he comes and trains and performs for them. The last England game they played he came on and injected a lot into the performance in 30 minutes, which he has done for us many a time.”

It was believed that Mount’s role in the team will diminish this season, due to the massive signings made by the Chelsea manager, but the academy product has stood strong as one of the key players in the team.

Explaining that, Lampard said: “Mason is a humble lad and has a real dream to play for Chelsea and the thing that makes him special is that he has attacked that dream with the talent he has and made it through pure hard work.

“Last year when I didn’t have the opportunity to make changes to the squad, the injection of Mason and his energy and his youthful abilities was a big part, and now as we started the season we missed two of our wingers [Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic].

“Kai Havertz came in with five days training before the first game and Timo Werner similarly is attacking a new league. Mason came back and he is naturally very fit and certainly that has helped us at the start of the season. As we go on things may change around that but Mason is going to be a big part of this squad.”

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