Thomas Tuchel believes Mason Mount has the kind of natural ability in front of goal which ‘you cannot learn’ and believes he has the potential to produce double figures every season for Chelsea.
Though the midfielder started on the bench for Tuchel’s opening game in charge versus Wolves but he has quickly won over the German coach with a number of outstanding dsiplays.
Mount scored an important goal on Wednesday night as he opened the scoring with a brilliant turn and finish in Chelsea’s Champions League quarter-final first leg with Porto.
The strike took Mount’s goals for the season to eight in all competitions and the England international will be bursting with confidence ahead of Chelsea’s game against Crystal Palace this weekend.
Speaking to Sky Sports ahead of the clash, Tuchel said Mount’s goalscoring threat had become ‘crucial’ for the blues and challenged him to keep improving on it every year.
Asked whether Mount could score 20 goals every season playing for Chelsea, Tuchel replied: ’20 would be huge! Then I would maybe not call him a midfielder anymore, but a striker.
‘But he has that potential which you cannot learn. You have the composure, you have the technique, you have the precision, you have the feeling to score the goals or you don’t have it.
‘I think he can be the type of guy who can produce double figures in every season. ‘He’s just in the middle of it right now and I don’t want him to stop now. It’s crucial.’
Chelsea will hope to return to winning ways after their 5-2 defeat at home to Premier League struggling side West Brom in their last top-flight game.
A win could see them leapfrog West Ham into fourth, with David Moyes’ side facing third-placed Leicester City this weekend.