Everton manager Frank Lampard has claimed he will thank Chelsea star Mason Mount for his goal against relegation rivals Leeds United.
The Blues legend spent 18 months at Stamford Bridge before giving the England midfielder his big break at Stamford Bridge before being replaced by Thomas Tuchel in January 2021.
Mount scored a stunning goal from 20 yards on Wednesday (May 11) to open the scoring at Elland Road within four minutes. Tuchel’s side went on to comfortably beat hapless Yorkshire side 3-0, who were again reduced to 10 men.
Leeds United had a miserable night after Dan James sent off and they also lost wingers Rafinha and Jack Harrison to injury. Jesse Marsh’s side remain in the bottom three, while Everton are two points clear of the relegation zone with a 0-0 draw at Watford.
Lampard was quick to praise Mount after the stalemate between Everton and Watford Priest Road. The Toffees boss told BeIN Sports (cited by HITC Sport):
“Yeah, (his goal) was useful. It was. I’ll message him later to say thanks. Those things are out of your hands, but Mason is a great player. I’m glad he got With those numbers, he’s such a high-level player.”
“The numbers reflect that. It was fantastic for him, Chelsea did us a favor and got this result, but as I said, we have to make sure we do what we can to get it done, and That’s right in front of us now.”
Graeme Souness hails ‘top-notch’ Chelsea midfielder
Sky Sports pundit Souness was full of praise for Mount, who scored his 11th goal of the season after the Blues’ victory at Elland Road.
The 23-year-old also assisted Christian Pulisic in the 55th minute. That means the Chelsea academy product has become the youngest Blues player of the Premier League era to score and assist 10 goals in a season. According to Metro, Souness said:
“What a boy this is. I think he’s top-notch. I remember Chelsea fans doubting him a few years ago, nothing to doubt him. He’s got energy, he’s a workaholic, he’s got great technique, he’s got a vision.”
“He’s just a top player at such a young age. Mason Mount and Reece James, two young lads, two of the best players on the pitch tonight.”