Danny Murphy has claimed that he thinks Chelsea player Mason Mount looked sharp again at the weekend in the thrashing of Norwich City.
Mount, who earns £88,000-a-week, has had a relatively quiet start to the season by his high standards.
However, the attacking midfielder arrived to the party on Saturday for the current Premier League leaders.
The England international scored his first Chelsea hat-trick in the 7-0 league victory over Norwich at Stamford Bridge. This comes after he recently admitted he needs to start scoring more goals.
For Mount, he’ll now hope he’s opened the floodgates to go on a goalscoring run that cements his spot back in the XI.
TalkSport pundit Murphy suggests that the Blues academy graduates looks much more refreshed after being managed well by club boss Thomas Tuchel.
“I’m a big fan of Mount, and he (Tuchel) is as well. But more recently, and I know he had a little injury, he left him out for a few games. Freshen him up, refocus his thinking maybe. Bang, he’s back in [against Norwich] looking sharp again,” Murphy told talkSPORT.
Chelsea ace Mount needs sharpness to thrive
A lot of Mount’s game is centred around his pace, enthusiasm and energy.
The playmaker gets through so much unselfish work off the ball, so it’s no surprise if he’s going to suffer from a burnout at certain times.
Tuchel was wise to use him off the bench against Brentford on 16 October before unleashing him fully on Norwich. It seems the Chelsea boss knows his players even better than they do themselves.
Start him against Southampton?
Tonight’s game is a home one against Southampton in the Carabao Cup.
Of course, Tuchel’s Blues need to be chasing silverware in every competition they enter.
It may be a wiser option, though, to start Mount on the bench and perhaps allow Hakim Ziyech the opportunity to make an impression.
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