Frank Lampard has praised Mason Mount for the way he has stepped up and become a key figure in the side and also gave a fitness update on N’Golo Kante and Pedro.
Mount played a huge role in our 3-2 away win against Norwich, scoring either side of a Tammy Abraham brace as we recorded our first victory of the campaign, and his efforts were certainly noticed by our head coach.
‘I don’t want to say he’s surprised me with the way he’s taking to the Premier League because I have real belief in him,’ said Lampard.
‘But he has made me stand up and take notice of just how far he can go in the game. Doing well last year at Derby was great but that’s one thing, and coming to Chelsea and performing at this level with all the competition for places is another.
‘Mason has a fantastic character and that’s part of his overall package, plus he has the quality on the ball. Intelligent players who are hungry and have that talent and are fantastic to work with, and Mason is exactly that.
‘He’s impressed me even more from pre-season and I believe he can absolutely go to the top if he continues to work hard.’
The Blues were dealt a blow before kick-off at Carrow Road, with the news that Pedro had picked up an injury in the warm-up and was replaced by Ross Barkley. The Spaniard joins N’Golo Kante in the treatment room, with the French midfielder sitting out the win in Norfolk with an ankle injury, and Lampard has said that both players will be assessed ahead of the weekend clash with Sheffield United at Stamford Bridge.
‘Pedro picked up a hamstring injury and we will assess the severity of it over the next couple of days, but I think it will be tough for him to be back for next week at first glance,’ said Lampard.
‘We obviously then have the international break, so that might help, but we will be trying to get him back as quickly as possible because he’s an important player.
‘It’s a difficult one with N’Golo because he’s had four years of constant playing.
‘We knew he had that injury from the Europa League final last season, which affected his pre-season, and then he picked up an ankle injury last week. He’s trying and we are trying to get him through it, but the game yesterday just came too quickly and he was in too much pain.
‘But again he is one to assess and we want him back in the team because he’s an important player. I think the international break will be great for him, to try and recover him.’