Frank Lampard defended Mason Mount by insisting that the Chelsea midfielder is already a top player, despite having a frustrating season.
Under Thomas Tuchel, the Blues’ 2021-22 season was very productive for the England international who scored 13 goals and provided 16 assists.
Despite making 33 appearances, the 24-year-old has only managed to score three goals and provide six assists this term due to inconsistent form and injury problems.
Mason Mount was considered as Lampard’s favorite player in his first tenure at Chelsea
Lampard who recently replaced Graham Potter as Chelsea’s interim manager, fully supports Mount and demonstrated this by loaning him to Derby County during the 2018-19 season, and then giving him his Chelsea debut the following campaign.
The academy graduate has received criticism which the Blues’ boss cannot comprehend.
“I’m not going to tell anyone about what opinion they should have on football,” Lampard said.
“But if anyone thinks Mason Mount is not already a top-level player then I’m not sure what they’re seeing in my opinion.
“Form is one thing people can debate. These players are getting debated more with social media than they did in my career.
“But from working with Mount- you can ask myself, Thomas Tuchel, Gareth Southgate and Graham Potter – he’s clearly a top player.
“One thing I know about Mason is that a top player should have a real hunger to succeed and do well for Chelsea. Since the first day I took him to Derby, he has been having that.Frank Lampard
The Blue’s legend added: “He has made his comeback from a small injury problem. It may be a little process over the next game or two to get Mason where we really want him to be, but he’s a top player and has a big affiliation with the club.
“One thing I know about Mason is that a top player should have a real hunger to succeed and do well for Chelsea. Since the first day I took him to Derby, he has been having that.
“It’s simple for me. He’s still a young player. He’ll go even further, but he’s already a top player.”