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A few eyebrows have been raised regarding Frank Lampard’s use of Mason Mount in the Chelsea team since last season.
The academy product was the most used Chelsea player last season, in what was his first campaign at the club as a senior, featuring in 37 league games and 51 games in all competitions.
This season, Mount has started in the same vein. The 21-year-old has featured in every game for Chelsea so far this term – the most of the entire squad, and Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has explained the reason for the continual use of Mount.
According to Lampard, Mount’s work rate, attitude and quality on the ball are the reasons for his continual use.
“I have felt Mason’s qualities since he came and had a year with me at Derby,” Lampard said.
“Last season I relied on him a lot. When I came to the club at the start of last season I did a lot of work on how we could be good off the ball at the higher end of the pitch, and to be good off the ball in high and medium areas of the pitch you need triggers, you need people who are prepared to release a lot of energy and speed high up the pitch to win the ball back.
“You also need quality on the ball and Mason has that. So in terms of relying on him last year, that is just the way the season panned out and at the start of the season now, when we have had a start with multiple quarantines through the group, new signings coming in with five days training, players that are injured, I have relied on Mason, on some of his qualities and his natural fitness in the early games.
“He was a main factor in us getting back in the game at West Brom with his goal and his input. I rely on him a lot. I rely on lots of players within the group and with the size of the squad, we need players like Mason. We are fortunate to have players like Mason in the group who can offer so much.”