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“He’s given me a problem” – Lampard praises Chelsea youngster after spectacular pre-season

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has praised midfielder Mason Mount for his pre-season performances so far.

Mount spent last season at Derby County with Lampard the club’s manager. The 20-year-old midfielder had a superb season with the Rams, scoring eleven goals and providing half dozen assists in forty-four appearances across all competitions.

Unfortunately for the young star, their bid to secure promotion led to some sort of disappointment as derby suffered a defeat in the Championship playoffs final to Aston Villa at Wembley.

However, the England U21 international has presently been reunited with Lampard after returning to Chelsea and has signed a new term contract with the club last month, as noted by The Telegraph.

Mount was spectacular for Chelsea in their pre-season matches, scoring three goals in total together with a brace against Reading last week.

Lampard has been happy with the 20-year old’s performances and has hinted that he can have a selection dilemma. As quoted by the express, Chelsea’s uncomparable top scorer said: “He’s done a lot. coming back here, obviously, I worked with him last year. I’m pleased with how he’s trained and his status within the group.

The players recognise quality instantly, but they also recognise the work rate and character.

“Mason’s got all of these and he’s given me a drag. Ross Barkley’s also had a decent pre-season and Ruben Loftus-Cheek will be back soon. It’s good because they’re all adaptable and might play in different position amongst themselves.

With Chelsea facing a transfer ban, Lampard will need to use the players he has at his disposal.

The Blues have several proficient youngsters in their squad though and so it won’t be easy for the manager to decide on his starting eleven.

However, Lampard has said that he has pretty much selected his playing eleven for Sunday’s match at Old Trafford.

once more it’s a long week and I don’t want to mention that because I believe players need to train every day to get themselves in the team or get themselves out of the team.”

With Mount impressing in pre-season, there is not any doubt Lampard will have trouble selecting his midfield combination and it’d be a far bigger disadvantage once Ruben Loftus-Cheek recovers from his injury.

Chelsea has already got the likes of Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic and Barkley. As of now, it appears most unlikely that Mount will start against Manchester United but there’s every probability of him showing as a substitute during the match.

There might be more room for him as the season goes on though, particularly with The Sun reporting that both Danny Drinkwater and Tiemoue Bakayoko can be on their way out of the club this summer.

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