Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has backed Mason Mount following criticism from fans on social media.
The 21-year-old is yet to convince some Chelsea and England fans but Chelsea manager Frank Lampard and his England counterpart Gareth Sounthgate share the same feelings about the youngster’s quality.
Mount has been a key member of Chelsea’s squad and very important key to the success of Lampard’s 4-3-3 formation. Southgate also sees him the same way. He was one a few players who played all three England matches this past international break.
While the fans don’t see the whole picture, the managers know they have a special player in their hands and are taking advantage of it.
Lampard explained why he is very important for his team and why fans misunderstand him.
“Every individual is different and I don’t necessarily think it is because he came from the academy,” Lampard said during his press conference this afternoon, as picked up by Football London.
“We have a huge fan base, you talk about England and I think social media has changed the way people critique or look at football. It is very easy for someone to sit on the phone and make very harsh statements.
“With Mason, I think maybe he looks clean cut, he is doing an advert where he takes his top off and I think that’s about as edgy as he gets. He doesn’t do too many triple stepovers or flicks over the back of his head as he shouldn’t do.
“He makes really efficient, clean and sharp passes. He presses as well as any midfielder that I have worked or trained alongside and he does 100 things within his game that impresses the managers that he works for.
“It is very easy to say because he hasn’t got an Instagram reel of different flicks but it is a different type of football. It is easy to bracket him off and I don’t say that.
“When I say that, I don’t want to fuel the fire of people saying Mason is my son, because I know he has got a lot to improve on. That’s what takes you onto his attitude and desire to improve. He can score more goals, make more assists but he is a quality, quality footballer who is only going to get better.
“That’s how I feel about him. Mason Mount, nor any player in this squad, is going to get favouritism from me. We need to have competition amongst everyone in the squad. Midfield and wide areas we have options and no one gets any edge from me other than on how they perform.”