Mauricio Pochettino has been questioned for his Mykhailo Mudryk decision by Paul Merson with a surprising Chelsea claim also made on Nicolas Jackson. The duo both started the goalless draw against Bournemouth with neither able to provide a lasting impression in attack, despite nearly combining to score an early goal.
The Blues showed some glimpses of the impressive phases of play seen in pre-season with Mudryk and Jackson nearly replicating a superb goal scored against Brighton, this past weekend. While it was Mudryk who found the back of the net prior to the season starting, it was Jackson this time. However, he struck the post after the pair pulled together a delightful one-touch move.
Other than that, no real threat was provided to Neto's goal by either, with Mudryk replaced just after the 60-minute mark by Cole Palmer. The Ukraine international started the game in place of Ben Chilwell, with the England international handed a spot on the bench before he came on with 10 minutes to play, a decision that Merson did not agree with.
«I didn't get Mykhailo Mudryk starting against Bournemouth,» he wrote in his Sky Sports column. «I didn't get Ben Chilwell not starting — for me you've got to go for him in my opinion.» The majority of supporters have been left aggrieved by seeing Chilwell played in an advanced role and it finally looked as though Pochettino had chosen to unleash one of the many attackers at his disposal which would also see Levi Colwill not forced to play at left-back.
However, while Mudryk was preferred to Chilwell, Colwill was still deployed out of his usual position. Merson continued his assessment of the Chelsea team with his comments on Jackson perhaps coming across as quite surprising, given the strugglesRead on football.london