Mykhailo Mudryk has made himself proud after proving his doubters wrong on his Chelsea debut with a record-breaking performance against Liverpool at Anfield.
Rio Ferdinand claimed that Mykhailo Mudryk, the new Chelsea signing, proved him wrong just minutes into his Premier League debut. At the start of the month, the 22-year-old winger was heavily linked with a move to Arsenal, only for the Blues to swoop in and steal the deal.
Mudryk came on as a substitute in the second half of West Ham’s goalless draw with Liverpool at Anfield. Despite not having played in a competitive match for Shakhtar Donetsk since November.
He injected energy into Graham Potter’s side and proved to be a constant threat, forcing Jurgen Klopp to substitute Trent Alexander-Arnold for the yellow-carded James Milner. Ferdinand admitted to changing his mind about Mudryk on the YouTube channel FIVE, citing concerns that he wouldn’t live up to his exorbitant price tag.
By the way, his first touch he kicked it out of play;
“Proclaimed the former Manchester United defender. “‘£80m what?’ said everyone in the studio. ‘How much does it cost?’
“Milner was booked on his second touch for attempting to bring him down because he knew he was going to be off. The planes took off. He’s lightning fast! He hasn’t played a game in six weeks, so he’s out of rhythm. Consider him fully fit.”
Meanwhile, Mudryk was not just fast, but record-breaking fast. Despite only spending about 35 minutes in the English Premier League, the winger recorded the fastest speed of any player this season (36.63 km/h).
With Chelsea already out of the FA Cup, Potter now has until the beginning of next month to work with Mudryk and another new signing, Noni Mudueke, at Cobham. The break and extra time on the training pitch will allow Chelsea’s manager to put his ideas into action.