Frank Lampard is hoping that he can send Mason Mount back to Chelsea in a position where he is closer to breaking into the first-team.

Mount is currently on loan to Frank Lampard’s Derby County in the Championship and has impressed in midfield.

The young Englishman has six goals and three assists in all competitions for Derby, despite missing a number of games through injury.

Speaking to TalkSport, as quoted by We Aint Got No History, Lampard said this:

In the modern day, he has got every box ticked in terms of his attributes. This year has been a great learning curve for him in the Championship, which is a tough league.

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What he does give is a real energy off the ball. His energy and desire to win the ball back is brilliant and then when you talk about the talent he has, he has everything to go right to the top. The England call-up he got will come again. His attitude and hunger is something that really pleases me. He is absolutely desperate to succeed, every day the way he trains he wants to improve.

My aim is to send him back to Chelsea and go ‘there you go, you are one or two or three steps closer to their first team.

Chelsea are notorious for their use of their academy players, but Lampard is clearly hoping that Mount can buck the trend and force his way into Maurizio Sarri’s squad.