Mason Mount has put his money where his mouth is, by backing up his fighting talk from last summer and showing his Chelsea team-mates the way amid their recent struggles under Frank Lampard. The attacking midfielder’s place in the side was under threat following the arrival of Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen but the England international remains a mainstay in the Blues’ starting XI.
Mount has been one of few positives for Chelsea in the past two months as he continues his impressive development in west London.
Based on current form, Mount will have no problems when it comes to making Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the European Championships.
The 22-year-old has had to deal with his fair share of critics after being labelled the ‘teacher’s pet’ but Mount is now beginning to silence the doubters and make them eat their words.
When Havertz completed his £70million move from the Bundesliga in September, Mount’s game time was expected to take a hit.
“Just because I am an academy boy and young, that doesn’t mean anything. But the mentality I have means I won’t be pushed over easily.
“I will fight for my position and keep working hard. At a club as big as Chelsea you have to have that mentality.
“It always stuck with me. It’s why I am here in the first place.”
Mount’s form is one of the reasons why Havertz has struggled to adapt to the Premier League.
The German international was handed a rare start in midfield last night in the 2-0 defeat at Leicester but failed to make an impact at the King Power Stadium.
Lampard is now building his Chelsea team around Mount while new signings Havertz, Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner face a fight to nail down a starting spot.
The Chelsea boss was full of high praise for Mount after he struck a second-half winner at Fulham last weekend.
“I thought his performance all round was fantastic. He’s been very good for us, last year and this year,” Lampard said.
“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.”