19 July 2020 22:37
Frank Lampard has challenged Mason Mount to score more goals as he hailed his young Chelsea midfielder's star turn against Manchester United. Mount claimed his seventh goal of the campaign after David De Gea spilled his shot a minute after the restart and Lampard believes the 21-year-old's determination to press from the front set the tone for an impressive team display. "I think with Mason that's a big thing this year now. He's got huge talent on the ball and I'm never going to underscore that but there's improvement that can be made with him," the Chelsea manager said. "He wants to be a player - and I mean a top player - so much.
The final pass, the amount of goals he can score in a season, they're going to come because he's young and it's his first season in Premier League football and you look at the amount of games he's played. "But his work ethic off the ball is huge. Sometimes it can get missed but when you see a performance when you need work ethic off the ball and he leads from the front, with his age but his boundless energy and commitment, it's a massive thing for me when I'm looking at how I want us to play and the team I pick." Lampard said he had not encouraged his players to target De Gea with shots from distance but has been urging Mount to shoot with more power. "It wasn't because I have huge respect for him [De Gea]," Lampard said. "People hone in on keepers when they make errors because they are critical. I told Mason at half-time that I wanted to see him strike through balls more. "Mason had a shot in first half, he tried to whip it. Outside the box against keepers of that quality, you have to strike through them. Of course, he didn't catch it brilliantly and it went in, so it goes down as a mistake. But my job is to worry about my players. Three minutes after I said strike through it, he did."