Thomas Tuchel claims the sky is the limit for Chelsea star Mason Mount – if he develops a ruthless streak.
But the new Blues boss insists there are no guarantees Mount will start every week despite his man of the match display in the win over Spurs.
Tuchel wants Mount to score more goals and claims he is not giving out gifts when it comes to picking his first XI in the cutthroat world of Stamford Bridge.
The German gave the 22-year-old a big hug as he came off the pitch after Thursday night’s 1-0 win – along with some friendly advice.
Tuchel, whose side go to Sheffield United next, said: “I told him: ‘You can be more decisive and even more dangerous with your decision-making in the last 20 metres.’
Thomas Tuchel and Mason Mount embraced after Chelsea’s victory over Tottenham
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“You can be sure Mase leaves his heart on the pitch for Chelsea and this is what we need. He’s an absolute team player.
“He’s still young and there’s still room to improve. I don’t want to put a limit on his development. It’s obvious he has a lot of potential.
“He is eager to learn, he is hungry to win, he is open-minded and for that I think it’s up to him.
“He can perform for any manager and this is the best thing, he really means it. He has this internal motivation and he is a very nice guy with a big personality.”
Tuchel picked Kai Havertz ahead of Mount for his first game in charge, a dour goalless draw at home to Wolves.
LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 27: Kai Havertz of Chelsea FC during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Stamford Bridge on January 27, 2021 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Chloe Knott -…