Speaking to The Times, Jose Mourinho admitted he questioned how long it would take for Mason Mount to turn into a complete player after watching the boy on his Chelsea senior debut two years ago.
“I have to be honest, I watched him two seasons ago in his first [Premier League] match, Manchester United against Chelsea at Old Trafford, and I saw the talent but I didn’t see maturity or consistency,” The Special One told The Times about Mason Mount.
“I put a little bit of a question mark over how long this boy would need to develop and become a complete player. He didn’t need long.
“I think he has to thank Frank [Lampard] because even with results not being wonderful he was always keeping faith in that kid. He gave him incredible conditions to develop.
“I believe he is an attack-minded player, a creative player, but he has the tactical discipline.
“Mount is a team player. We see him now with [Thomas] Tuchel coming from the sides, when with Frank he was more of a No 10. When they play with a back five he can be the third attacking player or the third midfield player.
“I think he is very, very intelligent on the pitch. From what I see, he has a very good understanding of the game.
“He has goals, which is an important thing for a midfield player. I like him very much.”
As for then, Mourinho himself admitted he was not really impressed with Mount after his first game for Chelsea, something that Lampard was not having.
Now Frank is not at Chelsea anymore, but he was right about Mount who has become a key part of the team under Thomas Tuchel as well and won the well-deserved Chelsea Player of the Year award this past season.