Chelsea have dropped a potential hint that Ukraine winger Mykhailo Mudryk could be in the team to face Bournemouth on Sunday afternoon. The Blues head into the game with just four points from their opening four games but come up against a Cherries side winless in the league.
After a two week break to get over the disappointing 1-0 loss at home to Nottingham Forest, Mauricio Pochettino is embarking upon getting a first away point of the season. Despite being injury hit across the pitch the Argentine still has a strong group to call upon and new summer signing Cole Palmer may be handed a first start.
Injuries to Reece James, Christopher Nkunku, Carney Chukwuemeka and Armando Broja have left options going forward light in the early weeks of the campaign. Ben Chilwell, to accomodate, has been used in an unnatural left-wing spot, pushing Mudryk to the bench.
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The 22-year-old is yet to start a game under Pochettino having signed from Shakhtar Donetsk in January with plenty of hype around him.Damaged by fitness setbacks, lack of confidence and an ever-changing playing environment around him, Mudryk is yet to show just what he can do in England.
He is still waiting for his first goal for the club but has been restricted to appearances off the bench this season. Often when chasing the game and up against low-block defensive structures, the nature of his minutes has been unhelpful for his raw skillset.
However, with Chelsea struggling to carve out clear-cut chances against Steve Cooper's Forest side last time out, Mudryk may be in with a chance ofRead on football.london