Former Chelsea and Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho has credited Frank Lampard for Mason Mount’s development. The England international’s performances under Thomas Tuchel was instrumental in helping them achieve top four in the league, and win the Champions League against Manchester City.
Having played under Lampard at Derby, the youngster was handed his first-team breakthrough at Chelsea in 2019. Despite seeing Lampard leave in early January this season, Mount continued his impressive performances under Thomas Tuchel.
Jose Mourinho has now credited Lampard for Mount’s development in an interview with The Times. The Portuguese said “I have to be honest, I watched him two seasons ago in his first [Premier League] match, Manchester United against Chelsea at Old Trafford, and I saw the talent but I didn’t see maturity or consistency.”
“I put a little bit of a question mark over how long this boy would need to develop and become a complete player. He didn’t need long.”
“I think he has to thank Frank because even with results not being wonderful he was always keeping faith in that kid. He gave him incredible conditions to develop. I believe he is an attack-minded player, a creative player, but he has the tactical discipline. Mount is a team player.”
“We see him now with [Thomas] Tuchel coming from the sides, when with Frank he was more of a No. 10. When they play with a back five he can be the third attacking player or the third midfield player.”
“I think he is very, very intelligent on the pitch. From what I see, he has a very good understanding of the game. He has goals, which is an important thing for a midfield player. I like him very much.”