Chelsea have had their first look at Mykhaylo Mudryk in action since his £87 million move from Shakhtar Donetsk to Stamford Bridge..
Mudryk completed his mega-money move to the Blues over the weekend and has already participated in his first training session at his new club. Graham Potter’s team is preparing to face Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday, after both teams had disappointing seasons.
Potter is hoping that new signing Mudryk will provide the much-needed boost for his team. The attacker will be in contention to face the Reds after taking part in his first training session at the club’s Cobham facility on Wednesday.
Mudryk participated in Potter’s drills while wearing a hat, gloves, shorts, and a long-sleeved training top.
The Ukrainian was joined in the session by Reece James and Ben Chilwell, who are both working their way back from injuries.
Potter has had a full week to work with his entire squad for the first time since September. Postponements caused by the death of Queen Elizabeth II have meant that the Blues have played every midweek game since the beginning of October, with Potter eager to make the most of his newfound free time.
“Time is valuable to us, and we will make the best use of it. With the compressed schedule preceding a World Cup, we walked into a washing machine in terms of games “He told the Chelsea club press..
As time passed, key players left, and it became a struggle for stability and the confidence that comes with it. Even though it’s not pleasant, it teaches you a lot.
“I understand that people’s timetables are very short these days, but in the end, we’ll just keep working and trying to improve.”
Chelsea has already signed five players this month, including David Fofana, Joao Felix, Benoit Badiashile, and Andrey Santos. But Potter is wary of adding more players to an already overcrowded squad.
We must exercise caution. It is a test for us. You need a well-balanced squad with the right amount of competition..
“We’re missing 10 or 11 players,” Chelsea manager explained.
You obviously can’t just sign players to replace those, because in the end, you have a squad of 30, and that’s a problem. You must do the right thing and look for the best solutions.
“Because the January window is complicated, they aren’t always perfectly aligned as you’d like. There is a transition period, and you must stabilize things while also working to support the club as best you can.”
You obviously can’t just sign players to replace those, because in the end, you have a squad of 30, and that’s what the best solutions are..
Because the January window is complicated, they do not always align exactly as you would like. There is a period of transition during which you must stabilize things and work as hard as you can to support the club..