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Frank Lampard sets Mason Mount challenge and hails Hakim Ziyech after Chelsea beat Morecambe

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Mason Mount and Callum Hudson-Odoi starred as Chelsea cruised past Morecambe (Picture: Getty)

Frank Lampard challenged Mason Mount to add more goals to his game after the midfielder opened the scoring in Chelsea’s emphatic 4-0 victory over Morecambe with a stunning long-range strike.

Mount, celebrating his 22nd birthday, had not found the net in his previous 19 matches for Chelsea but Mark Halstead was unmoved in the Morecambe goal as the England international arrowed home a driven finish in the 18th minute of Sunday’s FA Cup third-round clash.

Timo Werner, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Kai Havertz also netted to put the game out of sight and Lampard will have breathed a sigh of relief after the final whistle, given his team had won just one in seven heading into the tie.

Lampard and co booked their place in the fourth round of the cup (Picture: Getty)

‘Mason can, should and will score more goals from midfield,’ Lampard told Chelsea TV when asked about Mount’s display.

‘It was his birthday today and because of the amount of games he’s played already in his young career, you forget how young he is.

‘That will be part of his development and it’s the same sort of thing with Kai and Timo on a different level.

‘Everyone’s talking about them, their young lads in a new league but I keep saying the same thing.

‘Games like today are good. Little boosts of confidence, little boosters to feel their way in and they will get much, much better.’

Ziyech impressed Lampard with his display versus Morecambe (Picture: Getty)

Lampard admitted Hakim Ziyech had endured an ‘unfortunate start’ to his Chelsea career due to injury but the Moroccan impressed his manager with an eye-catching performance at Stamford Bridge.

On Ziyech’s ability to place the ball on a sixpence like ex-Chelsea star Juan Mata, Lampard replied: ‘It’s a talent and typically it seems like lefties have that little bit more guile with it.

‘I don’t know whether that’s right but we’ve always seen that over the years.

‘He sees the pass and has the confidence to take on the pass. He might mishit, overhit or underhit some, but he’s looking for that vital pass and not always from wide, from central areas as well. I’m very happy for him to get in there.

‘It’s been such an unfortunate start for Hakim. To get injured in pre-season, to then come back and be playing so well and then get injured again.

‘Even now, I think he’s still feeling his way slightly with it. We had a good week of work with him and for the squad, training-wise, and again today, going into Fulham.’

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