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Thomas Tuchel wasn’t quick to hop on the Mason Mount voyage after his appointment as Chelsea boss. After all, he was seen as Frank Lampard’s son.
But it didn’t take long enough for Tuchel to realise that Mason Mount is the real deal and wasn’t just unnecessarily favoured by his predecessor.
Mount is now a key player for Tuchel, and the German coach has fielded Mount across many positions since January, just to highlight how important Mount is to the team.
After another fine performance in the 2-0 victory over Fulham, Tuchel sang the praise of Mason Mount, and hailed him as the full package.
The Chelsea manager said after the game: “He has the full package, mentally, physically and in terms of his talent and most importantly his character. Both his feet are on the ground and he is a nice guy.
“I get the feeling that he comes to Cobham every day to learn something, to get new experiences. He is a guy who can recover very fast, he is a very physical player, is fully adapted to Premier League football. He is full of self-confidence, but in a very positive way.
“So it’s a pleasure to have him, a pleasure to be at his side to guide him and support him. It’s impressive because he seems to be not affected by all the praise when he gets it, or the criticisms, and this is maybe the most important thing.
“He seems to me like a guy who likes the sport, who feels an obligation to make the most out of it and he absolutely wants every win badly. So it’s a top mix.”