Mason Mount's father says he initially had concerns when Thomas Tuchel arrived at Chelsea

Mason Mount’s father Tony admitted that he was initially worried about his son’s Chelsea career when Thomas Tuchel first arrived at the club.

The 22-year-old has been a key player under the new manager, having made 10 starts during their 14-game unbeaten run.

But like many others, Tony was initially worried about his son’s future at Chelsea following the managerial change.

After all, unlike Frank Lampard, Tuchel did not really know Mount like he already knew about Christian Pulisic and the German pair; Timo Werner and Kai Havertz.

“I wasn’t sure, to be honest [when Tuchel came to the club],” Tony told talkSPORT.

“The manager had to learn about Mason.

“I think he knew who he was but I’m not sure he was that familiar with him.

“It was down to Mason to show him what he can do in training and on the pitch in games.

“Thomas Tuchel came in and made a statement in the first game and played experience in his opinion, but Mason got on and has started all but two games under Thomas.

“So I had concerns because you don’t know what the agenda is, but Mason has put that right.”

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Even Mount himself admitted that he was initially surprised when he did not make the starting line-up in Tuchel’s first game in charge.

But the two had a conversation after that and Mount reclaimed his spot in the following game.

About one month later, Tuchel handed Mount the armband in the last game before the international break — and it says a lot about what he thinks of the young midfielder.

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