Thomas Tuchel has taken his own Mason Mount discovery path at Chelsea
Chelsea: Tuchel impressed by Mount since taking job
Mason Mount’s goalscoring performance against Sheffield United has proved his importance to Chelsea and manager Thomas Tuchel. Mount had been dropped for Tuchel’s first game, but he has responded with a series of impressive displays as the Blues have won three successive Premier League games.
The English midfielder had been a regular under former manager Frank Lampard, but found himself left out of the starting line-up for the first game of Tuchel’s tenure – a 0-0 draw with Wolves.
But Mount was recalled for the 2-0 win over Burnley and kept his place for the victory at Tottenham Hotspur in midweek.
With Chelsea picking up wins, Mount again stayed in the side for the Blues’ trip to Sheffield United and again turned in an impressive display.
As his side began to gain control of the match at Bramall Lane, Mount arrived onto a Timo Werner pull-back to finish neatly in the bottom corner past Aaron Ramsdale two minutes before half-time.
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The strike was the 22-year-old’s fourth in the top-flight so far this campaign, with the midfielder heading his new manager’s words to be more clinical in the final-third.
Mount’s influence on Chelsea was obvious throughout the win over Chris Wilder’s struggling side as he injected urgency into the Blues’ play.
His goal also made him the second-youngest player in Chelsea history to score 10 goals for the club, with only Arjen Robben ahead of him.
Graeme Souness hailed Mount for his opening goal in his half-time analysis for Sky Sports.
“That technique is not easy, he knows he has to get it into the side-netting and he finds it, delightful,” he said.
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Mount’s influence also extends to laying on goals for his team-mates, notching eight assists in his Premier League career.
He only has three assists this season though, something Tuchel will be keen to improve upon.
Though he dropped him for the draw with Wolves, it appears that the German has realised his error, and last week praised Mount.
“We had no doubt he had potential and was the team player that he is,” he said.
“He showed what a big influence he can have from the bench. From here, there are no guarantees for anybody, not even for Mason.
“Is there room to improve? Yes. Is there a lot of room to improve? Yes, even for him.
“There are no gifts so he has to earn his place in every training session and every match. But he knows about it. He is a competitor.
“I don’t want to put a limit to his development. He has a lot of potential. Besides being a great footballer, he is a super-nice guy. He is eager to learn, hungry to win, open-minded and he can perform for any manager.”
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