Mason Mount’s versatility was put to the test during Sunday’s win over Sheffield United but Thomas Tuchel said it was because he wanted to have him on the pitch.
At first, the 22-year-old started in a familiar inside forward role he has been playing in the new manager’s 3-4-3 system.
But inside ten minutes into the second half, Tuchel subbed in Cesar Azpilicueta and Reece James for Andreas Christensen and Olivier Giroud.
Mount suddenly played through the middle in a false nine role.
It became even more complicated after Tuchel made two more changes 10 minutes later; Kai Havertz and Hakim Ziyech came in for Billy Gilmour and Callum Hudson-Odoi.
At that point, Mount had to leave the central forward role and drop into midfield alongside Mateo Kovacic.
Speaking after the game, Tuchel described Mount’s versatility as an “advantage” to the team.
“It was not easy today for him,” Tuchel told Chelsea TV when asked about his decision to use Mount in three different roles.
“But yeah, it should tell him that we wanted to have him on the pitch.
“And it is a big advantage that he can play in more than only one position.”
“Another win, another clean-sheet with him as a captain.”
Mount certainly would not mind having to play in these different positions as long as he can help the team.
Considering how he has always been fit and capable of playing in multiple positions, it is hardly a surprise that has played more minutes than any other Chelsea player this season.