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Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount has been likened to England legends Frank Lampard and Wayne Rooney.
Arsenal legend Paul Merson has hailed Mount as the most improved player in the Premier League, and sees a lot of similarities between him and former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard.
“Mason Mount is the most improved player in the Premier League – and he reminds me of Frank Lampard,” Merson wrote in his Daily Star column.
“He is getting better and better and has the same attitude Frank did, one hundred per cent. He’s always working hard, always trying to get better.
“Frank got accused of being the teacher’s pet as well at West Ham when Harry Redknapp was manager, and the same happened to Mason at Chelsea.
“But Lampard has been proved right about Mason Mount. It was Lampard who gave him his big chance when he was manager. And he’s taken it with both hands.
“Mount has had to be patient but he’s an absolute credit to all these youngsters out there. A real example to them.
“He’s put in the work and now he’s one of the most important players in a team full of internationals. The one you’re looking at to make things happen.”
Mount can play across many positions, and Merson likened the versatile midfielder to Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney.
“People say Mount is a No 10 but I think he has too much energy for that. Sometimes to play that role you have to stand still,” added Merson.
“Wayne Rooney was the same. He was so enthusiastic he’d go searching for the ball and abandon his position.
“I think Mount is perfect where he plays now, more like an inside right, wide of the striker, where he can buzz around into little pockets of space.
“It’s so hard to pick him because his movement is so good when he plays there. He makes space for other people.
“I think he has to play there or in central midfield personally. He’s good enough to play either position. And he leaves everything on the pitch every week.”