Frank Lampard has praised Chelsea youngsters Mason Mount (20) and Fikayo Tomori (21) following his appointment as the new Blues boss.
The 41-year-old, of course, worked with the pair at Derby County last season and believes they have set the example for the club’s academy players, who are looking to make that step up to the first team.
“(I was) fortunate enough to work with Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori last year,” Lampard told Chelsea’s official club website (via Daily Mail) when speaking about the young players coming through.
“Their attitudes to that, the fact they’ve come through the academy, in how they held themselves, how they work, how they train, their manners off the pitch, that’s what I want to see,” the legendary Chelsea midfielder added.
Based on those words, it is clear Lampard is a fan of both Mount and Tomori. Last season in the Championship at Derby, he used the former 38 times and the latter 47, and it would now surely not be a surprise to see the duo have roles in Lampard’s Chelsea squad.
Alongside the professionalism the former England international has spoken about, they clearly also have the ability to go with it.
For example, in that recent Championship campaign, Mount was able to act as a creative hub in the middle, making 1.9 key passes per game. Adding some context, no Chelsea midfielder made more, with N’Golo Kante coming closest at 1.3 (as per WhoScored). If Lampard is looking to add someone who can create chances from central positions, then he looks to have his man in Mount.
As for Tomori, he made 2.3 tackles at the back per game, putting him above his centre-half rivals in blue.
There are factors to consider, of course, such as the difference in division strength and Derby’s style of play compared to Chelsea’s under Maurizio Sarri. But even so, the above still makes for good reading ahead of the Frank Lampard revolution at Stamford Bridge.
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