Lampard’s faith in Mount explained after Chelsea star continues in starting XI

Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy has backed Chelsea star Mason Mount to continue being a key player for his club and England this season.

After a breakthrough season on loan at Derby with Lampard as his boss, both were back at Stamford Bridge at the start of last season.

And Lampard put considerable faith in Mount, playing him regularly in midfield and he later earned his first cap for the England national team.

But with Chelsea's transfer ban over in the summer, the club made significant additions across the team, especially in the midfield area occupied by Mount.

Despite the increased competition from the likes of Hakim Ziyech and Kai Havertz, Mount shone for Chelsea in their 3-0 win over Burnley on Saturday and Murphy was impressed with what he saw.

“He’s growing all the time in confidence," Murphy said on Match of the Day.

"He’s brilliant in the centre of the pitch, they played Kante holding with Mount and Havertz ahead – a bit like Man City used to do with David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne ahead of Fernandinho.

“Mount’s numbers today, we’ve all about his energy before, his tenacity, all those aspects, but the creativity of him I think gets a little bit underplayed at times.

"He’s getting on the ball, driving forward, bringing other players into play. There was a lot of good performances from Chelsea today but he was the main one in the first half.

“He was the one that was brave, trying to make things happen, trying to penetrate.

"I think if he carries on playing like this and progressing, I think Gareth Southgate will have him in his first XI in one of these central roles because he can dictate the game more.

“There’s variation in his passing, that’s something you want to see from any midfielder, and I haven’t put in about some of the work he does coming back.

"He’s more than capable of scoring from outside the box, he’s good on set plays. With the people he has got around him, that’s the mentality of him, he’s around superstars but he is still taking responsibility.”

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