Arsenal legend David Seaman has predicted that Chelsea star Mykhailo Mudryk will come good despite his challenging first eight months at Stamford Bridge. The Ukraine international started the Premier League defeat to Aston Villa this past Sunday, one week on from bright 60-minute display against Bournemouth.
Mudryk has had to wait for his opportunity under Pochettino with Ben Chilwell preferred to him in the advanced role during the first few weeks of the season. However, Mudryk was given his first league start of the season against the Cherries with Pochettino's verdict hinting another start in the immediate was unlikely.
«He is improving,» the Chelsea boss said after the game. «He still needs to learn; the Premier League is very fast, the speed of the game is so fast. I think it's about understanding the game better, try to be more connected sometimes with the team. We need to give the time and to give the tools for him to improve during the season.»
Despite his comments, Mudryk was named from the off against Aston Villa and he once again showed flashes of brilliance although the finishing of his team-mates often stopping him from obtaining goal contributions. A return to the bench is likely for the Blues' Carabao Cup clash against Brighton with wholesale changes likely to be made by Pochettino.
A first Chelsea start for Cole Palmer is therefore very likely with the summer arrival from Manchester City limited to cameos from the bench. Lesley Ugochukwu will also be hoping to play a role in Wednesday evening's game and Pochettino seems to have already confirmed one starter.
«I think tomorrow he [Chilwell] is going to play,» he said. «I think always, the expectation and what we expect from the player, we were using him maybeRead on football.london