Jamie Carragher has encouraged Mauricio Pochettino to give Mykhailo Mudryk a run of games in the starting lineup ahead of Chelsea's clash against Brighton. The Blues will welcome Roberto De Zerbi's side to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night for the Carabao Cup third round, and the 22-year-old winger will be hoping for another opportunity to impress.
When Chelsea locked horns with Aston Villa at the weekend, Mudryk started a successive Premier League game for just the second time in his career. Before the September international break, the Ukrainian had been starved of opportunities in the first-team, feeding off cameo appearances in games where the west Londoners often found themselves in search of a goal against a low-block opposition.
In fact, still to this day, he has only ever completed 90 minutes in the English top-flight once, starting just nine games and coming off the bench in a further 11. With Mudryk beginning to become a key player for Chelsea, Carragher has told Pochettino to 'give the lad a chance'.
«When you bring a player in, for instance, Mudryk, we know he hasn't done well,» said the former Liverpool defender on The Overlap. «He cost £80million-odd, but they’re still buying wingers left, right, and centre. I’m thinking you've got to give that lad a chance.
»You've got to say there's a path to go and play. Every player must feel like there's not really an opportunity there for them because there’s someone going to take their place two games later."
Meanwhile, Pat Nevin fears that Mudryk could become another Kevin De Bruyne or Mohamed Salah and become a 'great forward' if he is allowed to leave for another top European club. Speaking to OLBG, the former Blues striker said: «There’s a reason why ArsenalRead on football.london