Mason Mount has opened up about his conversation with Thomas Tuchel when he was left out of the starting line-up in the new manager’s first game in charge of Chelsea.
There were questions over the 22-year-old’s future following Frank Lampard’s Chelsea dismissal.
“Would Mount lose his spot? Would he even fit into Tuchel’s plan?”
Tuchel’s decision to bench Mount in his first game against Wolves last month also fuelled the theory that the midfielder was going to spend more time on the sidelines.
But one month since his impressive second-half cameo in Wolves draw, Mount has started in every game but one (v Barnsley in FA Cup).
Mount said that while the decision affected him, Tuchel’s words convinced him about having a role to play under the German boss.
“‘It’s very difficult. You know what I’m like, I want to play every single game,” the England international told the Daily Mail.
“But, with the new manager coming in, I understood that he went for experience [against Wolves].
“We had a chat and I understood what his view was and that really helped me move on.
“I knew I just had to keep working hard and show him what I can do, [and] obviously now I have played or started almost every game.
“He [Tuchel] just said: ‘Keep working hard, I’ve seen you only for one session and I’m very happy so don’t let your head drop.’
“And that’s something I wouldn’t do anyway.
“I’m always someone who wants to strive to prove someone wrong or show something that maybe they haven’t seen.”
Interestingly, Tuchel previously admitted that he had already been impressed by Mount from the Chelsea games he had watched prior to his appointment.
Versatile and on a great form, Mount absolutely deserves to be one of the first names on the team-sheet — and this time, without any silly theory about his playing regularly due to favouritism around it.