Paul Scholes says Mason Mount has the potential to step up and become an elite goalscoring midfielder in the mould of Chelsea boss Frank Lampard.
Lampard had a sensational playing career at Stamford Bridge. In 13 seasons there he netted 211 goals in all competitions. That made him the Blues’ all-time leading scorer.
He also added 102 assists.
Scholes believes that the current Chelsea side now need some of that midfield magic. He formed that opinion after watching Lampard’s men crash to a 2-1 defeat at Wolves on Tuesday night.
They could have gone top with victory but failed to add to Olivier Giroud’s opening goal, allowing Wolves to hit back.
Previously, Chelsea had looked lacklustre in a 1-0 defeat at Everton.
Scholes told Amazon Prime: “I think the problem that they have got is creativity.
“Looking at the last two games, they have hardly created a chance.
“I think they have got the players, but they are young players and it is going to take them a bit of time.
“Mason Mount, every time I see him I am really impressed with him. I think he could become like a Frank Lampard. I think he has got the ability and the technique to really win games for Chelsea.
“Mason has got his manager, there, to fall back on and has nobody better to learn from. He should be winning games for Chelsea.
“In years to come, I think he will score a lot of goals for Chelsea, just like Frank.”
The 21-year-old has managed just eight in 48 Premier League appearances for Chelsea so far.
Scholes favours Liverpool for title
Scholes believes Chelsea still don’t have enough to sustain a title challenge this season.
He said: “It is going to be the tightest title race we have had for such a long time.
“I still think Liverpool are the best team and they will win the league, even though the gap will be nowhere near as big as it was last season.
“I expect Manchester City to get close and then there is the rest of them. I still expect Manchester United to improve massively.
“Chelsea are a good team, as we have seen, and they will be there or thereabouts.
“But it is going to be tight, it is going to be tough. However, I just don’t expect Chelsea to be there this year.”