When Thomas Tuchel arrived at Stamford Bridge to succeed Frank Lampard as Chelsea head coach towards the end of January, some thought that Mason Mount would be one of the biggest losers.
The Chelsea academy graduate had established himself as a first-team regular under Lampard, working with him closely during the duo’s time together at Derby County during the 2018/19 season and then at Stamford Bridge.
Lampard was a huge fan of Mount and he would be one of the first names on the teamsheet for the Chelsea legend.
Following the former Chelsea head coach’s exit, many tipped Mount to quickly fall out-of-favour, with some insisting that Tuchel would prefer to make the most of players that had cost big-money transfer fees and not risen through the youth ranks.
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Those predictions could have not have been further from the truth. In Tuchel’s first 13 games in charge, the German, who will be looking to see his side progress to the FA Cup semi-finals when they lock horns with Sheffield United this lunchtime, has named Mount in his starting line-up on nine occasions, stepping off the bench in two of the other three.
It has already become clear that the England international will have a big part to play in the Chelsea chief’s long-term plans.
And Tuchel has already declared his admiration for the attacking-midfielder, waxing lyrical about his talents and his potential just a week into his tenure at Stamford Bridge.
Speaking in early February, Tuchel, as quoted by AS, said: “I absolutely agree with the potential that I see, which you mention, with Mason.
“What I see from outside and what I know now from the inside is that the guy is 100 per cent all the time, even more that he cares a lot about Chelsea. He cares about his team-mates and leaves his heart out there on the pitch.