Middlesbrough manager Neil Warnock says Marcus Tavernier has the potential to emulate the career of Chelsea’s Mason Mount if he continues to work hard on improving his game.
Mount spent last season on loan at Derby County before making the step up to the Premier League in the space of a year, and Warnock thinks Tavernier has it in him to follow a similar path:
“I think he has a few strings to his bow to be honest. I looked at Mason Mount and how he’s come on in the 12 months, there’s no reason why Tav can’t do that in the next 12 months.”
“If he motivates himself and listens he’s got some great attributes and good habits, and one or two not so good. All being well we can put him in the right direction and he’ll become a very good player. Not that he isn’t now but I think he could become even better.”
Tavernier has been given regular game time by both Warnock and previous head coach Jonathan Woodgate this campaign, but he will need to start adding goals and assists to his game for him to move up to the next level.
For a player who is generally employed on the wing or as a number 10, the 21-year-old’s three goals and four assists in 39 appearances this season, isn’t a lot to write home about.
However, some of that will be due to Boro’ struggles. They head into tonight’s final fixture against Sheffield Wednesday still not safe from relegation.