Ian Wright reacts to Mount omission and sends warning to Timo Werner

Ian Wright has played down the significance of Mason Mount being left out of Thomas Tuchel’s starting XI against Wolves and claims the midfielder is exactly the kind of player the German will enjoy working with at Chelsea.

Academy product Mount was a near ever-present throughout Frank Lampard’s 18-month reign and even captained the club versus Luton Town in the FA Cup, his former manager’s final match in charge.
But eyebrows were raised as Mount started on the substitutes bench in Tuchel’s opening game at Stamford Bridge and the England international was given just seven minutes to impress his new boss after replacing Hakim Ziyech on what was a frustrating night for the Blues.

Tuchel has since reassured both Mount and Billy Gilmour – who was left out altogether for the goalless draw – that he merely wanted to ‘take the weight off their shoulders’ and Wright believes little importance should be attached to Chelsea’s team last night.

On Mount being named on the bench, ex-Arsenal star Wright told Optus Sport: ‘Judging by Tuchel and what he does, Mount is a player that he will like.

‘He might just putting down that marker to say, “Just because you were his guy, I’m going to come in and I’m going to change something and you’re going to have to earn your way into my team”, which I’ve got no problem with Mason Mount doing, simply because he’s dealing with a manager who is very meticulous in what he does.

‘He may have pulled him and told him, “This is what I want you to do”, and he may have done that already because, yes, Mason Mount has got that about him.

‘He’s got that ability to play in a couple of different positions and he’s got intensity and drive so I can’t see the Mason Mount omission being something that’s too drastic for Mason Mount.’

Timo Werner will have wanted to get off to a strong start under Tuchel after just one goal in his last 16 appearances in all competitions but the out-of-sorts centre-forward was an unused substitute on Wednesday evening.

Former Arsenal striker Wright has given Werner plenty of advice throughout his struggles and believes the striker will need to rediscover his scoring boots ‘sooner rather than later’ or else Tuchel may look to replace him.

‘He has to make sure he deals with it properly because as a striker he’s in a very precarious place in his head and taking chances,’ he added.

‘Whether he’s the old manager’s signing or not, he’s gone and the new manager has come in.

‘It’s a clean slate and it’s up to him to find his mojo and get going because the manager will use him at some stage.

‘But I just get the impression that, yes, he may be looking at him, seeing what he’s like, give him the confidence but I don’t think he’s going to have to much time to impress. He has to start doing his stuff at some stage.

‘I think this manager is the kind of guy where if it does start to work out and Chelsea back him, then he might want to buy somebody else that he feels, “I’m gonna go for him because I like him”, because he feels he hasn’t seen enough.

‘People are saying, “Yeah, he’s a striker and his confidence is going to come back”. It’s going to need to come back sooner rather than later for Timo, I think.’

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