Mason Mount has given some insight into just how much he idolised head coach Frank Lampard as a youngster coming up through the ranks, report The Sun.
Mount had the pleasure of playing under Lampard during his loan stint at Derby County last season, which proved to be an invaluable learning experience for the Chelsea academy product.
As a young midfielder, hoping to make it at Chelsea, there is nobody better that could take you under your wing than the highest goal scorer in the history of our illustrious club.
Mount recognises that, having idolised Lampard years ago when playing for the Chelsea senior side was merely a pipe dream. The 20-year-old is quoted by The Sun saying:
“When we were Under-12s to Under-14s, we had to pick a player to look at and try to take stuff from his game. Frank was the player I chose. We had to write a report. We always had to write about the games we played and the training.”
“But you could choose any player, it didn’t have to be a Chelsea player. The coaches would say, ‘look at this part of his game, look at the defensive part, look at the attacking part, see how he makes it into the box, how he scores goals, how he makes assists. So I’d look at his games and his performances and try to take stuff that I thought could help my game.”
For every young player at Chelsea, Lampard will be somewhat of an idol. They ought to have no problem motivating themselves as they look to force their way into the first-team setup.
They should all look to Mason as an example of how impressing out on loan can make your dreams become reality, especially under a manager as open minded as Lampard.