Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel said he will continue to push Mason Mount to improve after his man-of-the-match display against Tottenham on Thursday night.
Jorginho’s penalty handed Tuchel his first away win, with Mount starting in Chelsea’s forward line along with Callum Hudson-Odoi and Timo Werner.
Mount was a regular starter under former Chelsea boss Frank Lampard, but eyebrows had been raised when then England international was omitted from Tuchel’s first starting XI against Wolves last month.
However, the 22-year-old has gone on to start their next two Premier League games, and while Tuchel said there are no guarantees going forward – with a trip to Sheffield United next on Sunday, live on Sky Sports – the Chelsea boss was full of praise for both Mount’s quality and personality.
“To Mason, I cannot tell you where his limit is,” Tuchel said. “I don’t want to put a limit to his development. It is obvious he has a lot of potential. Besides that he’s a great footballer he’s a super nice guy, he’s eager to learn, he is hungry to win, he is open-minded.
“He can perform under any manager. This is the best thing, he really means it, he has this internal motivation and he’s a very nice guy. Big personality, what [more] can you wish for?”
“That [quality] was very clear before, because we watched the team and [under] Frank [he] was a regular starter. [For] Frank there was no doubt he’s a team player, and he has the potential that he has.
“We didn’t choose him for the first game because we opted for a slightly different profile in the two No.10 positions. When he came in he showed what a big influence he can have also from the bench.
“From here there are no guarantees for nobody, also not for Mason. Right now, it’s easy with him, he leaves his heart out there on the pitch but everybody else does the same thing. It’s a team effort and Mason is the first to agree on that and to behave like that.
“This is what we need. Is there room to improve? Yes. Is there a lot of room to improve? Yes. There are no gifts, he has to earn his place in every training and every match. The boy is a super nice guy and he knows about it, he is a competitor. That’s why we’ll keep on pushing him like all the others.”