End of term report: Mason Mount’s 2020/21

His set-piece prowess was proving a useful threat for the Blues, with Kurt Zouma the beneficiary of two perfect corners in victories against Burnley and Leeds United.

Meanwhile, there was more spontaneous craft behind an assist for Callum Hudson-Odoi away at Rennes as Mount fought for possession and then floated a delightful ball over the top for his Cobham comrade to tuck away. The midfielder’s contribution offered yet more evidence of both sides of his developing game.

Taking the armband

The winter months were more difficult as points were dropped on the road and we slipped down the Premier League table, though it was Mount’s late strike away at Fulham that provided some punch and fight to a struggling side in mid-January. It proved to be our final league victory under Lampard.

The FA Cup provided some respite early in the calendar year and the midfielder opened the scoring in our third-round victory against Morecambe just a day after his 22nd birthday, before he was named captain in round four against Luton Town. Aged 22 years and 14 days, he became our youngest skipper since John Terry, and took the armband once again before the season’s end, in the Cup quarter-final against Sheffield United.