Graeme Souness believes Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount has everything he needs to be a top player after proving himself under new manager Thomas Tuchel.

The 22-year-old is growing more and more important to Tuchel’s plan after missing out on the starting line-up in the German’s first game in charge (v Wolves in January).

He has started in all but one of the following six games, including his goalscoring performance in the 1-1 draw with Southampton on Saturday.

The fact that Mount has kept his place in the team shows his quality, according to Souness.

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“Mount constantly gets picked in that Chelsea team, and already it appears that Thomas Tuchel, their new manager, likes him as well, despite the experienced squad they have,” the former Liverpool midfielder told The Times.

“When results weren’t what Frank Lampard wanted and he had the temptation to revert back to experience, he stuck with the youngster and that says a great deal.

“Mount sees a picture, has great technique and athleticism and also looks to have a fabulous attitude — all the things you need to be a top player.”

Souness added that he sees similarities between Mount and Leicester City’s James Maddison, saying both are “at their best through the middle, supporting a striker”.

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At the start of the season, there were questions about Mount’s future at Chelsea following the arrival of big money signings such as Kai Havertz, Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner.

Instead, along with Thiago Silva, Mount has arguably been Chelsea’s best player this season.

Looking at the number of games he has played, it is easy to forget that he is still such a young player as well.

As Tuchel previously said about Mount (via Independent): “What more can you wish for?”

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