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Many thought that Mason Mount got so much game time under Frank Lampard because of the England connection, or probably he just decided to favour him. But new boss Thomas Tuchel had as well seen the quality of in the 22-year-old that has made him a regular for club and country.
Tuchel dropped Mount for his first game in charge of the club, with Chelsea playing a goalless draw. Mount came on for the final 15 minutes of the game and he was very impressive.
Tuchel has since reinstated Mount as a key player in the Chelsea team, with the young midfielder starting the last three games.
After Mount’s performance against Sheffield United, former Tottenham striker Gary Lineker took to twitter to praise the young talents in the England team, singling out Mason Mount and Manchester City youngster Phil Foden for their quality.
“We had no doubt he had potential and was the team player that he is,” Tuchel had said of Mount.
“He showed what a big influence he can have from the bench. From here, there are no guarantees for anybody, not even for Mason.
“Is there room to improve? Yes. Is there a lot of room to improve? Yes, even for him.
“There are no gifts so he has to earn his place in every training session and every match. But he knows about it. He is a competitor.
“I don’t want to put a limit to his development. He has a lot of potential. Besides being a great footballer, he is a super-nice guy.
“He is eager to learn, hungry to win, open-minded and he can perform for any manager.”