Mason Mount made a memorable return to Stamford Bridge and scored on his senior home debut but was helpless to stop Frank Lampard’s Chelsea side from dropping two points against a dangerous Leicester side unfortunate not to snatch a late winner in west London.
Having pressed Wilfried Ndidi into relinquishing possession in a dangerous area, it was his composed finish – striking beyond Kasper Schmeichel while falling – to break the deadlock after seven minutes.
Stamford Bridge roared with sheer delirium after seeing one of their own score but despite encouraging flashes of creative cohesion, that proved as good as it got for the hosts. Their wait for a Premier League win continues during what promises to be a testing 2019/20 campaign.
He netted one and on another afternoon, probably could have had a hat-trick in truth after coming close on two occasions: one acrobatically tipped past the post by Schmeichel, another comfortably smothered.
Ndidi, whose mistake gifted the Blues an early lead, redeemed himself with a bullet header midway through the second-half. James Maddison, Jamie Vardy and Youri Tielemans all had promising chances to put the Foxes ahead after Ndidi’s equaliser saw a momentum shift but ultimately a 1-1 draw is how it finished.
Mount, 20, spent the 2018/19 campaign out on-loan under Frank Lampard at Championship side Derby County and largely impressed. Given his hard work both in the academy ranks and out on loan spells in recent seasons, it was unsurprising to see Lampard start him ahead of both Mateo Kovacic and Ross Barkley in his preferred number ten role behind Olivier Giroud.
That is especially after his quietly impressive display at Old Trafford, even with the Blues’ forgettable 4-0 defeat last Sunday. He was criticised by José Mourinho in the Portuguese’s new role as Sky analyst, having started against United despite lacking senior experience at the highest level.
Nonetheless, Mount has continued proving his worth as part of a transitional Chelsea side and delivered another encouraging display during their midweek UEFA Super Cup shootout defeat by Champions League winners Liverpool.
For those who doubt his first-team capabilities at a big club like Chelsea, this ought to be read. His statistics to start the campaign in their first three games are as follows:
67 passes completed, 80% completion rate
Possession won – 16
Ground duels won – 13
Key passes – 6
Interceptions and tackles – 7
Two dribbles completed, one Premier League goal
Before next month’s international break, Chelsea face two newly-promoted sides: travelling to Norwich in a televised Saturday KO before hosting Chris Wilder’s Sheffield United on August 31.
Stats’ source: SofaScore