Glenn Hoddle has explained that Mason Mount’s first appearance under Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel was the moment he won him over.
Mount, 22, is currently preparing for Euro 2020 with England after a stunning individual club season. Memorably, he played a key role in the Blues winning the Champions League.
However, it was a turbulent campaign that saw Tuchel replace Frank Lampard as manager in January.
Attacking midfielder Mount was the poster boy of Lampard’s reign, which is why big question marks were raised when he was named on the bench during Tuchel’s first match against Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Mount was given a late cameo in that 0-0 draw with Wolves in the Premier League, and Hoddle says he immediately became a favourite under Tuchel from that moment.
He became a nailed-on starter afterwards.
“The challenge, for me, and where he’s come through so good, is when Tuchel took over he didn’t play in the first game, he was on the bench and my eyebrows were up, ‘oh, we’re going to have to see how he responds here’.” Hoddle told talkSPORT.
“I remember the game, I was covering it, and he came on for the last 20 minutes and my word, it was almost like, ‘I’m proving myself all over again to a new manager’, and in that 20 minutes he set up two chances and had a chance himself that he nearly scored.
“It was almost like he hit the manager between the eyes and the manager then went, ‘wow I’ve got to look at this fella, I’ve got to play him and see what he can do’. He’s been in the side ever since.
“I think that says it all about Mason Mount, he’s got such good ability but he’s prepared to work for the team, he can play in a deeper role if need be.”
Mount would be talisman under any manager at Chelsea
Regardless of who you appointed as Chelsea manager, Mount would establish himself as a key player under anyone.
The English playmaker already demands so much respect in the Stamford Bridge dressing room. It seems crazy that the Blues academy graduate is still so young.
He looks like future captain material for certain. Fortunately, he’s learning from some top experience right now in the shape of Thiago Silva, N’Golo Kante and Cesar Azpilicueta.
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