After netting his first goal for Chelsea, midfielder Mason Mount has described the feeling as a dream come true - but he insisted that he must continue to improve if he wants to maintain that form.
Just seven minutes into Sunday's 1-1 draw with Leicester City, Mount won possession near the Foxes' box before showing his composure to fire past Kasper Schmeichel to give Chelsea the lead.
Unbelievable feeling to score my first goal for @ChelseaFC on my home debut. What dreams are made of! Shame to come away with just a point but we’ll keep working and come back stronger. pic.twitter.com/thm9sBZTEx— Mason Mount (@masonmount_10) August 18, 2019
He said: "
"It’s what you dream of - coming through the academy and being at the club since the age of six, to start the game in front of all our home fans and score is amazing.
"It feels a bit surreal, having been at the club for such a long time and now finally breaking into the first team. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do and now there are fans with my name on the back of their shirts!
"It’s crazy to process but my focus is to keep working hard day-in, day-out in training so I can play as many games as I can and prove to the manager that I’m ready. I’m loving every minute of it."
The 20-year-old has been one of Chelsea's top performers since Lampard's arrival, and his impressive form during pre-season has seen him handed a number of opportunities already this season.
He played the entirety of the Blues' 4-0 loss to Manchester United and played half of the Super Cup defeat to Liverpool, and his goal against Leicester will likely see Mount keep his place in the team going forward.