Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount has taken time this season to shift into top gear, but manager Thomas Tuchel said it is not uncommon for younger players to experience a dip in form and it was important to continue to trust them.
Mount, 22, struggled to get going early in the campaign after England’s run to the Euro 2020 final, a tournament in which he had to self-isolate after being considered close to Scottish Billy Gilmour, who tested positive.
However, he has returned to his best in recent games and has been directly involved in 10 goals – six goals and four assists – in 13 Premier League games.
Only Mohamed Salah (23) of Liverpool and Emmanuel Dennis (12) of Watford have more.
“It can’t surprise us that they sometimes have difficult moments in young players’ careers,” said Tuchel. “It’s about taking care of him, guiding him through it, pushing him and trusting him with what we’re doing.”
Mount scored 3-2 in Saturday’s home win over Leeds United and Tuchel said he had the technique, ability and movement to score goals and get assists.
“It’s about timing, acceleration and knowing where and when to arrive in the box. It’s mostly about connections between Reece James and him, depending on which side he plays on,” he added.
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