Mason Mount’s superbly-taken strike against Liverpool at Anfield was his third goal in five Premier League games and lifted Chelsea back into the top four, drawing praise from fans and pundits alike. A vital cog in the Chelsea youth movement under former coach Frank Lampard, Mount now has critics everywhere acknowledging him as one of the Blues’ key contributors.
Although many saw Thomas Tuchel’s appointment as a power move by chairman Roman Abramovich to get big-money signings and fellow Germans Timo Werner and Kai Havertz firing on all cylinders, arguably Mount has been the standout of the former PSG boss’ early tenure at Stamford Bridge. A constant presence in Tuchel’s starting XI since taking over, Mount has rewarded the new manager’s faith in him with a string of stellar performances.
Mount’s contributions mean Chelsea are now fancied to finish comfortably in the top four, 4/9 in the Premier League betting markets after the Liverpool win at the beginning of March. Their quest for more Champions League football has been boosted by the stunning collapse of Liverpool out of both the title and top four races – their loss to Tuchel’s men was an unbelievable fifth straight at Anfield – while frequent European position challengers Leicester City have also been struck down with unfortunate injuries to key players and no longer show the form with which they started the season so brightly. Chelsea’s recent top four track record and European experience compared to other top four challengers Everton and West Ham is reflected in bookmakers’ confidence in the Blues to see out the job.
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A rare constant in an ever-shifting Blues’ starting eleven as Tuchel tries to figure out his best team, Mount is already one of the first names on the team sheet despite his young age at 22. This season Mount has proved he can do it all – play in a deeper role linking play from the defence, both for England and against possession-heavy sides like Atletico Madrid in the Champions League, while playing further forward to provide service to strikers Werner and Olivier Giroud in games against smaller teams in the Premier League.
Surely England manager Gareth Southgate sees him as a certain inclusion for the Euro 2021 squad this summer? While his competition is fierce for the midfield places supporting Harry Kane, Mount has already shown this season he can fit into different systems and positions and fulfil a number of roles, the kind of flexibility international managers love to have in their squads for major competitions. If Mount continues this form – and especially the goal-scoring – into the Premier League run-in, he could be competing for a starting place when England open their tournament against Croatia at Wembley on the 13th June.
As Blues fans adjust to the new era, it’s looking like ‘Tuchelball’ will be characterised as much by the resurgence of players like Mount as it will by Tuchel’s stingy defence. Chelsea went unbeaten in Tuchel’s first ten games in charge, scoring eleven goals and conceding only twice.