Mason Mount has been left out of Thomas Tuchel’s first Chelsea starting XI to face Wolves on Wednesday night, being named among the substitutes alongside Timo Werner and Christian Pulisic.
Mount had started the prior 13 Premier League games for Chelsea, meaning his omission from the side to face Wolves could be nothing but a routine rest.
However, many will look at Tuchel’s first team selection as an indicator of which Chelsea players the German already likes, and some believe Mount won’t feature as much now that Lampard is gone.
Tuchel has been tasked with getting the best out of Chelsea’s summer signings, including £72million Kai Havertz, who plays a similar role to Mount.
And Havertz is in the starting line-up against Wolves, fielded as part of a 4-2-3-1 with Callum Hudson-Odoi, Hakim Ziyech and Olivier Giroud also in attack.
This means Werner and Pulisic – the latter of whom played under Tuchel at Borussia Dortmund – join Mount among the substitutes.
Despite Mount being dropped by Tuchel, it is fair to say he earned his place in the Blues starting XI under Lampard by being one of the club’s standout performers this season, especially in recent weeks when results dipped.
The England international was given the captain’s armband for the 3-1 victory over Luton in the FA Cup on Sunday, which turned out to be Lampard’s last match in charge.
Chelsea vs Wolves line-ups:
Chelsea: Mendy, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Thiago Silva, Chilwell, Jorginho, Kovacic, Ziyech, Havertz, Hudson-Odoi, Giroud
Subs: Arrizabalaga, Alonso, Abraham, Pulisic, Werner, Zouma, Mount, James, Emerson Palmieri
Wolves: Rui Patricio, Boly, Coady, Kilman, Nelson Semedo, Dendoncker, Neves, Ait Nouri, Daniel Podence, Traore, Pedro Neto
Subs: Hoever, Willian Jose, Silva, Vitinha, Ruddy, Cutrone, Saiss, Joao Moutinho, Otasowie
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