At the back end of last year, when Mount was facing the most scrutiny, the Barcelona legend pinpointed him as one of the best 15 youngsters playing anywhere in Europe.
Messi said of the Blues star: “Having watched him play he has the potential to be one of the best.”
Tuchel rested Mount against West Brom…and it backfired, as they were humbled 5-2 at Stamford Bridge.
But refreshed and ready to go tongiht, his goal, along with Chilwell’s late strike, means Chelsea have one foot in the final four of the Champions League and with a key role in this summer’s European Championships, Mount could truly be set for a memorable few months.
Messi’s prediction may be realised even sooner than he imagined.