Chelsea manager satisfied with €20m-rated starlet’s Premier League debut
Frank Lampard has delivered an impassioned defence of Mason Mount by insisting that the playmaker was selected on merit against Man United on Sunday. U21 England international made both his Blues debut and Premier League bow at Old Trafford but endured a difficult afternoon as London club were thrashed 4-0.
Jose Mourinho criticised Mason after the match, saying: ‘You look to the performance of Mount, the performance of Tammy Abraham, you look to the performance even of Christensen and for games of this dimension you need a little bit more.’ Chelsea have to face Liverpool in Super Cup final this week.
Frank responded to Jose’s comments after the match by saying: ‘He didn’t like the performance of Mason Mount? Is that what he said? Did he? Wow.’ ‘If young footballers have shown what they can do in training, and deserve their opportunity, for example, Mason Mount deserves his chance completely on absolute merit as opposed to age.
The 20-year-old midfielder progressed through the academy at London club and has spent two productive loan spells away from the Stamford Bridge, spending the 2017-18 campaign with Vitesse Arnhem and then last term at Derby County where he worked alongside Lampard.
English starlet was a key part of Derby’s side last campaign, scoring nine goals and providing four assists as they only missed out on promotion to the Premier League following a 2-1 play-off final defeat to Aston Villa. English coach also revealed in his press conference that N’Golo Kante is struggling with an injury picked up against the Red Devils.