Following Ukraine’s 2-0 defeat to England at Wembley Stadium, Chelsea realised that winger Mykhailo Mudryk is still a work in progress. Despite his underwhelming start at Chelsea, Mudryk was hoping to impress at Wembley and show everyone in England that he has what it takes to star in the Premier League.
Instead, the winger had another frustrating evening, as Kyle Walker kept him quiet as the City full-back used his experience to dominate the 22-year-old. Saka humiliated Mudryk on one occasion by skillfully controlling the ball and leaving him on the ground.
Mudryk was heavily linked with a move to Arsenal during the January transfer window, only for the Blues to swoop in and steal him away. The Gunners were in contact with the Ukrainian star and were confident that they would sign him, but that never happened.
Arsenal Fans must be relieved that he was not signed him. Mudryk, however, clearly has a lot of talent, and it’s far too early to write him off after his slow start at Stamford Bridge. But he’s clearly lacking in confidence and appears to be a player waiting for something to happen to jolt him into action.
The longer he goes without delivering strong performance, the louder the noises about his ability to perform at the highest level will grow. Chelsea must have faith in the player and shield him from outside influences. Mudryk needs time, and good things usually take time.