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Jamie Redknapp names Frank Lampard’s four undroppable stars after Chelsea beat Fulham


Mount scored the only goal of the game at Craven Cottage (PIcture: Getty Images)

Jamie Redknapp believes Mason Mount, Thiago Silva, Edouard Mendy and Ben Chilwell are the ‘few’ undroppable Chelsea players Frank Lampard has at his disposal.

Mount scored the only goal of the game as the Blues edged past Fulham with a narrow 1-0 win at Craven Cottage on Saturday.

The Cottagers had the better of the opportunities in the first half, but the game changed when their left-back Antonee Robinson was sent off for a challenge on Cesar Azpilicueta just before half-time.

Redknapp feels ‘incredible’ Silva is a key player for the Blues (Picture: Getty Images)

Chelsea struggled to break down their defensively solid opponents, and it took until the 77th minute for them to finally find a breakthrough.

Ben Chilwell’s cross was palmed out by Alphonse Areola straight to Mount, who finished hard and low into the back of the net to secure all three points for the Blues.

Redknapp was effusive in his praise of Mount, and highlighted him as one of a select number of players that Lampard can rely on to start week in, week out.

‘Energy, he [Mount] had energy,’ Redknapp told Sky Sports. ‘I looked at times today you’re thinking [Christian] Pulisic might do something, [Hakim] Ziyech had a couple of moments but not enough.

‘But what Mason Mount did today is he set the tempo all game.

‘Frank’s got a few players in that team right now that he will be picking every single week; he [Mount’s] is one, Mendy, Thiago Silva’s incredible, Chilwell.

‘Apart from that, I think there’s only a few of them.’

Mount could’ve added another to his tally in the first half but his powerful effort crashed against the crossbar.

Redknapp was impressed with the England midfielder’s contribution, but admitted he needs to add more goals to his game.

‘He was the man today for Chelsea,’ Redknapp added. ‘From minute one, he wanted the ball, he made things happen, he was energetic, he pressed and then he obviously had this pivotal moment with a really important volley.

‘That’s his first goal in 13 Premier League games, he needs to do that more. That’s something he can add because of his quality, even the strike he had first half.

‘Frank knows it’s not just his goals and what he does, its the way that he sets the tempo and starts that press and that’s why he picks him week in, in week out.’


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