Graeme Souness says Chelsea star Mason Mount has ‘all the things you need’ to become a ‘top player’.

The Englishman has established himself as one of the Blues’ most important stars over the past 18 months, first starring under former head coach Frank Lampard and now impressing for new Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel.

The technically gifted midfielder was fast-tracked into the Chelsea team after enjoying a productive spell on loan at Derby County, where Frank managed before returning to Stamford Bridge.

Mason is now closing in on 100 appearances for the club, while Mount has become a regular for Gareth Southgate’s England side, playing 13 games.

The 22-year-old earned and netted Chelsea’s penalty in last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Southampton and has what it takes to become a ‘top player’ for the PL club, according to Souness.

Graeme told The Times: ‘Mason Mount constantly gets picked in that Chelsea team and already it appears that Thomas Tuchel, their new manager, likes him as well, despite the experienced squad they have.

‘Mount sees a picture, has great technique and athleticism and also looks to have a fabulous attitude – all the things you need to be a top player.’

His second-half penalty maintained the west Londoners’ unbeaten record under Tuchel.

They are currently fourth in the division and now turn their attentions to Europe and the first leg of their last-16 UCL clash against Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid, which takes place on Tuesday evening.

Meantime, Marcos Alonso is allegedly open to penning a new deal with Chelsea, having been an important player for manager Thomas Tuchel following the German’s arrival at Stamford Bridge.