Chelsea legend reveals what he loves best under Tuchel’s reign so far

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Chelsea hero Pat Nevin has hailed the impact of Mason Mount so far this season.

The 22-year-old was Frank Lampard’s most featured player last season and this season before his exit, and many believe he’s the Player of the Season so far.

He was dropped for Thomas Tuchel’s first game in charge of the club against Wolves, and looked brilliant in his 15 minute spell in the second half. Against Burnley, he also had a brilliant game.

Nevin is not only pleased with Mount’s performance, but his combination with Callum Hudson-Odoi as well.

He wrote in his column on the official club website: “The highlight for me however in these early days of Thomas Tuchel has been the attitude and form of Mason Mount. Plenty of people have suggested he has been, on balance, Chelsea’s best player this season. He has certainly been the most reliable, but his brief showing against Wolves stole the show and against Burnley, I honestly think he just shaded it over Callum for Man of the Match.

“He has been finding great space in that area between the opposition defence and midfield while his control of the ball when he receives it looks as good as anyone in the club. He is always on the half turn, his vision is great, always knowing who and what is around him and he is as willing as anyone to make runs beyond defenders to give others a pass option.

“This is all fine, but it is his understanding with Callum that has been the most exciting innovation. More often than not Mason has been posted further left when Callum has been either wide on the right, or even slightly wider still, on the substitutes’ bench. You always want to look for players who have an understanding, but it is really only in these last couple of outings when they have been playing close together in that area of the field that I have realised just how special that understanding could become.

“Time and again they linked and moved for each other with an almost telepathic understanding, so why hasn’t it been quite as obvious before? Maybe it was that distance between them on the field, but sometimes it is a case of a manager seeing a little something in training and has a hunch or sometimes it is just a bit of luck. The trick is to spot that bit of luck or see when that hunch comes to fruition. Then you have to pick it up and run with it.

“I really do hope there are plenty more occasions when we will see Callum and Mason playing right beside each other this season.”

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