Mason Mount has proved his doubters wrong by continuing to impress in recent weeks despite the sacking of Frank Lampard at Chelsea.
England midfielder Mount was regularly seen as a favourite of Lampard, and has missed just one game all season in the Premier League this term.
However, the 22-year-old has continued to attract praise under new boss Thomas Tuchel, and impressed in the 1-0 win over Tottenham on Thursday night.
In Tuchel’s new system, Mount has played in a more attacking position, and Jermaine Jenas is backing him to thrive in a ‘Marco Reus’ role.
“It’s going to be interesting to see how Thomas Tuchel sees him,” Jenas told BT Sport. “We talked about it before the game, that adaptability.
Mason Mount impressed again for Chelsea against Spurs
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“He’s already alluded to the fact he’s having to play a bit higher up the pitch. Maybe he sees him in more a Marco Reus type role?
“That kind of plays higher up but wants more goals and can be creative, can be more of a provider as well.
“It’s going to be an interesting period for players like Mason Mount. Exciting, but he’s adapting his game and obviously he’s a player that wants to work hard and get better, so I think he’ll thrive.”
Mount was sometimes targeted for being a favourite of Frank Lampard
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Meanwhile, Rio Ferdinand was also full of praise for Mount and the way he creates space on the pitch, even revealing a chat he had with Lampard about the versatile midfielder.
“He’d be a nightmare to play against,” said Ferdinand. “He’s someone I think you’d go into a game and think, ‘it’s going to be hard work playing against him’.
“Because he’s always on the move, he plays away from players. You very rarely see him get the ball with someone touch tight to him because his spatial awareness on the…