When Thomas Tuchel came to Stamford Bridge in January, there were fears for the future of home-grown Chelsea players who got their break under former coach Frank Lampard.
Mason Mount was dropped to the bench in Tuchel’s first game. But he quickly persuaded Tuchel of his quality and on Saturday, in his first league start in a month after an injury, he bagged a hat trick in the 7-0 demolition of Norwich City.
Other former Chelsea academy players also shone with Callum Hudson-Odoi and Reece James scoring, Trevoh Chalobah solid in defence and Ruben Loftus-Cheek coming on as a substitute to set up the final goal.
Tuchel said the mix of home-grown talent and players bought from other clubs made “things special, and it creates a certain energy and atmosphere for the spectators in the stadium.”