Chelsea up-and-comer Mason Mount has rated his breakthrough senior season at seven from ten, insisting there’s more to come from him.
Introduced to the senior squad by Frank Lampard at the beginning of the season, Mount has excelled expectations, registering seven goals and laid on six assists to his teammates in 37 Premier League outings.
Despite often falling victim to Lampard’s continuous squad rotations, the super-talented playmaker has soaked up the limelight as Chelsea’s most prolific midfielder.
Asked to assess his first senior season, Mount gave a diplomatic response: “It’s difficult,” he told The Guardian.
“But because I have got seven goals, I will give myself seven out of 10. I’m a big self-critic, and I know there is room for improvement.”
Mount’s latest contribution to Chelsea’s cause was arguably the most significant one.
The 21-year-old nodded home a stunning free-kick to open the scoring in the Blues’ 2-0 home win over Wolves on the final matchday of the season.
Subsequently, Olivier Giroud’s cold-blooded finish wrapped up three points for the Stamford Bridge outfit that propelled them to the Champions League group stage.
Chelsea and Arsenal face off against each other at Wembley Stadium on Saturday evening in the FA Cup final, and Mount expects to help Lampard win his first managerial trophy.
“I had a chat with the gaffer and learned something,” he added.
“That’s what development is about. I’m going to learn from every obstacle.
“He [Lampard] obviously made the right decision and changed a few positions.
“He is massive on the competition side of things, especially in training. A lot of the focus is on training.
“If you train really well you will start. One minute, he can put his arm around you and tell you you have been doing well.
“Then if he doesn’t think you have he will take you off and you will know about it. He has definitely got that side to him.”