Published On: Wed, Sep 11th, 2019

Chelsea star tipped for long-term success – ‘He’s going to keep doing that for years’ | Football | Sport

The 20-year-old midfielder has been in fantastic form for Chelsea this season since being given his opportunity in the first-team by new boss Frank Lampard.

Lampard has been prepared to give younger players in his squad the opportunity to stake a claim for a place in the first-team as a result of the transfer ban the club is currently under.

The Blues were banned from signing players for two-windows after FIFA deemed they had breached rules in relation to signing young players.

And the former Derby County manager knows Mount well as the youngster spent last season on loan at the Rams with him during their run into the Championship play-offs.

So far this season Mount has two goals in four appearances for Chelsea and his league form has also been recognised by England manager Gareth Southgate.

Mount made his England debut against Bulgaria and also came off the bench against Kosovo, as the Three Lions won both of their Euro 2020 qualifiers.

And Declan Rice, who spent time with Mount at Chelsea’s academy, believes his friend will continue to demonstrate his eye for goal for the Blues this seasons.

“I’ve said to loads of people, he could score in every game if he wanted to,” Rice said.

“The positions he gets himself in, I can tell he’s training with Frank and they are working really well together because he’s like a second striker, making those runs which Lampard used to.

“He’s pretty much immaculate. He’s playing the same way Lamps used to play. I am not surprised he is doing that for Chelsea and he is going to keep doing that there for years.”

The pair were both at Chelsea’s academy until Rice was released aged 14, however, he subsequently joined West Ham and went on to force his way into the first-team and go on represent England as well.

And Rice admits the pair have been pushing each other to succeed since they were kids.

“Since we were young, in training and games, we have always been egging each other on to get better,” Rice added.

“We have always had a winning mentality. We always want to do well.

“We went our separate ways but always stayed in contact, dropped each other a message now and then, and it just shows the type of character he is that he has come on and done excellently, and he has started at Chelsea like that.

“It was special [to see him debut]. From the moment he was lined up to come on, I had a smile on my face. When he ran out and the reception he got, it was really special.

“I don’t know how he was feeling but I felt like a proud best friend. It was really special for him and his family.”

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