Between Chelsea's 1-0 loss to Nottingham Forest and their return to Premier League football with the trip to face Bournemouth on Sunday there has been one main hope from fans: Mykhailo Mudryk getting some meaningful gametime. Four games into the season and the £62million January signing is yet to start a game.
After signing to some serious fanfare, ditching Arsenal in favour of an immediate exit from Shakhtar Donetsk, Mudryk has largely failed to live up to the enormous expectations placed upon him. As is standard whenever a player arrives for big money and with an exciting highlights reel taken from recent Champions League outings, the pressure was ramped up quickly.
Eight months on from his move and Mudryk is yet to score for Chelsea. In that time he has had double the amount of managers — four if you count the sole game in charge for Bruno Saltor — than he has assists (2). To say it has been a rocky start would be understatement.
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Mudryk has been consistently put on the bench when available with Ben Chilwell instead preferred on the left-wing. In a tactical tweak from Pochettino geared towards finding control and balance in the absence of Christopher Nkunku, many have grown frustrated with the lack of adventure and penetration.
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