Everton boss Frank Lampard has joked that he will thank his former Chelsea player Mason Mount for scoring against their relegation rivals Leeds United.
The Toffees are currently in a relegation battle with Jesse Marsch’s side, who last time out lost 0-3 to Chelsea, opening the scoring at Elland Road was Lampard’s protégé. While the Londoners were on course for victory Everton played out a goalless draw at relegated Watford thus leaving them two points ahead of 17th-placed Leeds while having a game in hand.
When hearing about the news of Mount’s effort, Lampard quipped: “It was useful! I’ll send him a message later of thanks.”
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Having previously coached him at Stamford Bridge and Derby County, the Everton head coach was quick to highlight Mount’s excellent performances this season. “Mason is a fantastic player and I’m pleased he’s getting those numbers. He’s a player of such a high level and those numbers reflect it. Brilliant for him,” he said.
A graduate of Chelsea’s esteemed academy, Mount is expected to start in their FA Cup final against Liverpool on Saturday and he naturally dreams of scoring the winning goal, which would make him the the first Englishman to do so for Chelsea since Lampard in 2009 against Everton.
Then again, it will not be the first time he’s followed in his predecessor’s footsteps.
Once establishing himself in Chelsea’s first-team it wouldn’t take long before Gareth Southgate called him up for international duty. Mount has to date made no fewer than 27 appearances for England while scoring four times and registering five assists. By netting on the road at Albania in a 2022 World Cup qualification game Mount subsequently became the first Chelsea player to score or assist in three consecutive England appearances (two goals and one assist) since Frank Lampard, who did so in seven consecutive matches which ended in May 2013.
On the European stage
It’s not only for England where Mount has shone on the international stage. En route to Chelsea’s second European Cup triumph he became the second-youngest Englishman (at 22 years and 15 days) to score in the semi-finals of the Champions League after Wayne Rooney (21 years 182 days against Milan). In fact, Mount was the first Englishman to score at this stage for Chelsea since Lampard in 2008.
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Mastering the art of set-piece taking
Given the plethora of capable set-piece takers in West London it’s no surprise to see Mount down the pecking order. However, on some occasions he’s entrusted, a notable moment was Chelsea’s final league game of the 2019/20 season. On that day Mount became just the second Englishman to score a direct free-kick for the Blues in the Premier League after former manager Lampard.
This season has been Mount’s most productive by far. It’s also the first time he’s managed 10 or more goals and assists with a bulk of those coming against hapless Norwich. In the combined two games against the Canaries he’s managed four goals and two assists which makes him only the third player in Chelsea’s history to record six goal contributions against the same team in a single campaign after Lampard vs Aston Villa in 2009/10 (6) and Diego Costa vs Swansea in 2014/15 (6).
2021/22 also saw Mount play his 100th league game. It wasn’t the most joyous of celebrations as Chelsea suffered a 2-4 loss to London rivals Arsenal but he did create another goal. It still meant Mount has been directly involved in more goals (42 – 23 goals and 19 assists) than any other English player in their first century of Premier League games for Chelsea. To put this in some perspective the club’s all-time top scorer Frank Lampard managed 16 goals and 11 assists in his opening 100 matches.