Mauricio Pochettino has hinted that Mykhailo Mudryk could be set for a prolonged run in the Chelsea team if he takes on board three demands from his manager. The Ukraine international was given his first Premier League start of the season against Bournemouth and showed clear glimpses of the quality he possesses.
The Blues were unable to secure their second league win of the season against the Cherries this past weekend, with both Nicolas Jackson and Raheem Sterling striking the woodwork while Levi Colwill also had a goal disallowed for offside. The disappointing result leaves Chelsea in the bottom half of the table with five points won from a possible 15, leaving Pochettino with an uphill task to get his team back near their rivals.
Injuries have significantly hampered plans for the new Chelsea boss with Christopher Nkunku and Carney Chukwuemeka, who both looked set for prominent roles this season, leaving Chelsea to look rather toothless in attack. Meanwhile at the back, Reece James and Wesley Fofana have left the Blues light and forced Pochettino to play a different tactical setup which has seen Ben Chilwell in advanced role.
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However, that was significantly altered on the south coast with Chilwell left on the bench and Mudryk therefore coming in. During the first half, the 22-year-old combined extremely well with Jackson only for the latter's effort to glance the post, and he also played a superb line-breaking pass into Conor Gallagher that saw the captain for the day have a close-range shot saved by Neto.
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