In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, Frank Lampard feels Mason Mount still has much more to offer after his first hat-trick in English football, Chelsea loanee Fikayo Tomori has been named the Derby County Supporters' Club Player of the Year, and Everton and Borussia Dortmund are linked with moves for striker Michy Batshuayi.
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Lampard demands more from hat-trick hero Mount
Derby County manager Frank Lampard believes Mason Mount has much more to offer after the Chelsea youngster picked up his first English league hat-trick during the weekend.
After being sidelined for two months by a hamstring injury, the 20-year-old has returned with a vengeance and netted three goals in the Rams’ 4-0 win over Bolton Wanderers on Saturday which moved them to within two points of a place in the Championship play-offs.
Lampard was delighted with Mount’s impact and believes there is still much more to come from the youngster, who is at Pride Park on a season-long loan.
‘It was a really good hat-trick for Mason. He had a couple more opportunities but I loved the first goal,’ said the Chelsea legend to Derby’s official club website.
‘That’s what he started to do midway through the first half, he started to turn, play and run on people and he is hard to deal with when he does that.
‘He was very effective, it’s great for his confidence to score three and we need more from him now.’
Mount’s treble took his tally for the season to 10 as he achieved the target he had set for himself at the start of the campaign.
‘It is the best feeling when you score a goal so to score three times in a game is unbelievable. It is a game that you remember for a long time.,’ he said.
‘My goal after being out for a long time and coming back in was to score goals and be a big part of the team.
‘For me personally, I have always set a target of 10 goals for the season, I got that last season and now it is a relief and I can just build on it and try and get as many as I can.’
Tomori wins Derby fan award
Mount is not the only Chelsea youngster making an impact at Pride Park this season with defender Fikayo Tomori making such a big impression on Rams fans that he was named the Derby County Supporters' Club Player of the Year on Saturday.
According to the club’s website, each branch of Derby’s supporters' club cast their vote on who they regarded as their star man this season with the 21-year-old Chelsea loanee coming out on top.
The England under-21 international has played in nearly every game for Derby this season and has been a huge hit with their fans who have regularly chanted ‘you’ll never beat Tomori!’
‘It's nice to hear that they are appreciating what I'm doing on the pitch,’ said the centre-back to the Derby Telegraph.
‘I'm trying to improve, I'm trying to develop, trying to help the team as much as possible.
‘For the fans to sing my name is nice. I hear them and I appreciate it.’
Michy Batshuayi in demand
The 25-year-old is currently on loan at Crystal Palace, where he has netted three goals since January but there is already interest in where he may end up for the 2019/20 season.
While he could return to Stamford Bridge for the new campaign, there is reported interest from Dortmund, where he netted seven goals in 10 appearances in the second half of last season, and Everton, who tried to sign him in January before he sealed his loan move to Selhurst Park.
Serie A clubs Torino and Fiorentina are also reportedly interested but they want a loan rather than a permanent arrangement for the Belgian.