Frank: Mason can cope with spotlight
ATTENTION IS COMING MOUNT’S WAY AFTER FINE START TO SEASON
FRANK Lampard has no worries about Derby County midfielder Mason Mount being in the spotlight.
Mount has started Derby’s eight games since he arrived on a season-long loan from Chelsea, scoring four goals.
He has also impressed on the international stage by hitting the winning goal on his debut for the England Under-21 team against Latvia this week.
The 19-year-old is very much in the spotlight and already being talked about as a future playmaker for the senior England side.
Lampard believes the youngster can handle the attention.
“I don’t have any concerns because of his personality – his personality is as impressive as his play,” said the Rams boss.
“He is dedicated. He wants to be the best but in a humble way. He doesn’t shout from the rooftops about his ability.
“His work-rate is second to none and I know the England under-21s would have seen that not just in the game but also in training.
“I have no worries about writeups for him because he deserves them and he knows that only by continuing to work at the level he is, and even harder, will he keep improving every week.
“So I have no worries with Mason. I do not need to speak to him very much for the reasons I have mentioned. His attitude is great and I obviously like that and relate to that because I had to work very hard in my career off the pitch to try and produce on it.
“I see that as the only way, no matter what your ability level is.
“The fortunate thing for Mason is that he has ability and he has that work-rate and work ethic as well.”
Mason Mount on the attack against Preston North End. His attitude is right, so he will handle the attention his form is bringing, says manager Frank Lampard.