Tuchel says Mason Mount is in best situation to become 'top, top player' at Chelsea

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has praised Mason Mount and believes the midfielder is in the best situation to grow into a “top, top player” at Stamford Bridge.

There were questions about Mount’s Chelsea future following Frank Lampard’s dismissal at Chelsea.

Particularly after the 22-year-old didn’t make Tuchel’s first Chelsea line-up in the stalemate against Wolves last week.

Would he even fit into Tuchel’s 3-4-3? That was the initial question.

Tuchel has given his answer with his bold team selection against Burnley last weekend.

Mount played further up the pitch than he usually did in Lampard’s 4-3-3 but was arguably one of Chelsea’s best attackers in the 2-0 victory.

The manager himself is clearly impressed by Mount’s mentality.

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“What I saw from the outside, and it’s proven now from the inside, is that the guy [Mount] gives 100 percent all the time,” Tuchel said in his press conference on Wednesday.

“Even more, he cares a lot about Chelsea and his teammates and leaves his heart out there on the pitch.

“If you train and play with Mason, one thing you can absolutely sure about is that he gives 100 percent on this day and this minute.”

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Tuchel also pledged to give his full backing to Mount as he believes the midfielder has the potential to reach an elite level.

“[For Mount] this is the best level and the best situation to start growing and become a top, top player,” he added.

“He has everything needed to reach higher and higher levels.

“I don’t know what his limits are but right now we will push him and support him.”

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It is not exactly a surprise that Mount has managed to convince the manager about his potential.

There is a reason why he has played more minutes in the Premier League this season than any other Chelsea player, and it’s because he has consistently been putting in good performances.

His versatility will also come in handy given Tuchel’s tendency to tweak his systems throughout the season.

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