Frank: Ma­son can cope with spot­light

AT­TEN­TION IS COM­ING MOUNT’S WAY AF­TER FINE START TO SEA­SON

Burton Mail - - Sport - By STEVE NI­CHOL­SON stephen.ni­chol­son@reach­plc.com

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.

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