Chelsea ace Mason Mount sent Frank Lampard warning by Thomas Tuchel despite Tottenham role
Chelsea: Tuchel gives verdict on win over Tottenham
Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount has been warned by Thomas Tuchel that he could be dropped at any time despite establishing himself as one of the stars of the German’s first three games.
The England international was left out of the starting line-up for the dawn of the new era against Wolves but almost won the game with a late eight-minute cameo from the bench.
Then after impressing against Burnley, a switch in shape against Tottenham made him a key figure in the Chelsea attack allowing Callum Hudson-Odoi and Timo Werner to attack from wider areas.
In the past, England manager Gareth Southgate has joked about how fans tease him about singing Mount’s praises all the time.
Meanwhile former Chelsea manager Frank Lampard picked him more than any other player while he was on loan at Derby and then again at Stamford Bridge.
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So it was no surprise to see Tuchel leave the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium pitch on Thursday with his arm around what appears to be every manager’s favourite player.
But Tuchel insists Mount cannot allow himself to believe he is a certain starter despite his impressive man of the match showing at Spurs.
“I was just happy that we won and happy with his performance,” the new boss explained. “You can be very sure that Mase leaves his heart on the pitch for Chelsea and this is what we need.
“He is an absolute team player and still young. We had no doubt he had potential and was the team player that he is.
“It was very clear before because we watched the team and he was a regular starter with Frank.
“But from here, there are no guarantees for anybody, not even for Mason.
“He leaves his heart out there on the pitch, but everybody else does the same thing. It is a team effort and Mason is the first to agree on that and to behave like that. This is what we need.”
Chelsea head straight into another testing challenge at Sheffield United on Sunday and while Tuchel sees limitless potential in Mount, he is not hiding the fact that the 22-year-old has to work hard to realise it.
“I cannot tell you where the limit is and I don’t want to put a limit to his development,” the German said.
“He is eager to learn, hungry to win, hungry to learn, open minded and for him he can perform for any manager.
“Is there a lot of room to improve, though? Yes, even for him. There are no gifts so he has to earn his place in every training session and every match.
“But he is a super-nice guy, totally clear, and he knows about it. He is a competitor so that is why we will keep on pushing him like all the others.”
Probable Chelsea team to face Sheffield United (3-4-3): Mendy; Azpilicueta, Christiansen, Zouma; James, Kante, Jorginho, Chilwell; Pulisic, Abraham, Ziyech.
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