Frank Lampard has praised Chelsea star Mason Mount after his match-winning display in their 1-0 victory over Fulham.
The 22-year-old scored the only goal of the game late on in a hard-fought victory against their opposition who went down to ten-men in the first-half.
Mount – who earlier hit the bar – scored the match-winner after 78-minutes with a half-volley after Alphonse Areola flapped at Ben Chilwell’s cross.
After the game Lampard praised his player and compared Mount to his own development when the Chelsea-legend joined the club as a 22-year-old back in 2001.
He told Sky Sports: ‘Mason was outstanding in the game. He deserves the accolades for how he played.
‘Mason was in a slightly deeper role at that point but could still arrive in the box. He needs to score more goals Mason, he knows that but his quality is brilliant, his attitude is brilliant so he deserves it.’
He then said in his press conference: ‘I thought his performance all round was fantastic; he’s been very good for us, last year and this year.
‘He’s a big example of what I mean when I mention youth, he turned 22 last week. I came to Chelsea at 22, and I wasn’t blowing the world away in my first year or so, I was finding my feet, but Mason already has so many games under his belt.
‘When you look across our front line, you’ve got Pulisic, similar age bracket, Kai Havertz, similar age bracket, Callum Hudson-Odoi, younger age bracket, Tammy [Abraham], Timo [Werner], they are all young.’
Mount’s performance also impressed Sky Sports pundits Jamie Redknapp and Wayne Bridge, with the former Chelsea full-back stating that at the present moment in time the 22-year-old is ‘their best player’.
Redknapp added: “Not just his goal, he was the man today for Chelsea. From minute one he wanted the ball and made things happen. He was energetic, he pressed, and he had this pivotal moment with a really important volley.
“He had energy, he set the tempo, all game. Frank has a few players in that team that he’ll be picking every week. He’s one, and there’s only a few of them.
‘He’s one, (Edouard) Mendy, Thiago Silva is incredible, (Ben) Chilwell, there’s only a few of them.
‘That’s his first goal in 13 Premier League games, he needs to do that more.’
So far this season Mount has scored three goals in 25 appearances across all competitions.
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