Mykhailo Mudryk was withdrawn at half time of Chelsea's clash with Fulham after he had scored his first goal for the Blues. The Ukraine international, signed from Shakhtar Donetsk in the January transfer window, was still in search of his first competitive goal for Chelsea with it finally arriving in the 2-0 win over local rivals Fulham.
Latching into a Levi Colwill pass in behind in the 18th minute, Mudryk chested the ball expertly before poking through the legs of the onrushing Bernd Leno with his weaker left foot. After the ball nestled into the back of the net, the relief on Mudryk's face was clear to see with Enzo Fernandez and Moises Caicedo celebrating the opening goal in style.
Moments later Armando Broja doubled the advantage with his first goal in nearly one year after blocking an attempted Tim Ream clearance with the ball rolling into the back of the net. Chelsea then put in a professional performance to see out the result and keep a clean sheet.
However, there are some concerns coming out of the game especially with regard to Mudryk. After an excellent opening 45 minutes Mauricio Pochettino chose to replace him with Ian Maatsen at half time. Whether an injury had occurred or not was not exactly clear at first but following the result Pochettino revealed what the issue was that saw him taken off.
«He was doing well.,» he told Sky Sports. "[It is] unlucky that at half time he felt something in his quad but we hope that it is not a big issue and he will be ready for Saturday." Even with the hope being that the injury is not serious, Mudryk will likely be gutted the game where his first goal for Chelsea was scored, ended in that way. The start against Fulham was Mudryk's fourth in a row in all competitions withRead on football.london