Following his club debut against Liverpool on Saturday, Mykhailo Mudryk was described by Rio Ferdinand as a “frightening” addition to Chelsea’s attack..
Mudryk broke the deadlock with a 35-minute cameo off the bench for Graham Potter’s side and began to wreak havoc on Liverpool’s defense.
The Ukrainian displayed the prestige qualities that earned him his £88 million move to Stamford Bridge, creating openings with his blistering pace and nearly scoring in the 65th minute after dribbling past James Milner and Joe Gomez inside the Liverpool box before firing into the side-netting.
Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard immediately compared the winger’s qualities against his former club to those of Bayern Munich legend Arjen Robben..
If I were a Chelsea fan, I would be very excited about Mudryk because he made a very strong cameo from the side, and if he isn’t fit, there is more to come in that department,’ Gerrard told BT Sport.
He appears to be the real deal, and some of his clips from today are outstanding. He reminded me a little of Arjen Robben today, the first touch he got wrong, but his footwork and how quick he is, how he manipulates the ball, I would be very excited if I were Chelsea.
Robben has been regarded as one of the world’s best wingers over the last 15 years, having won the Champions League, Bundesliga, and Premier League titles, among other honors, during stints at Chelsea, Real Madrid, and Bayern Munich..
Manchester United legendary defender Ferdinand analysed the individual highlights of Mudryk’s first taste of English football and insisted his signing is a ‘exciting moment for Chelsea fans’.
‘We all saw explosive pace, but I also saw soft feet, good decision-making in the final third, and calmness running at speed..
‘Those characteristics make it frightening for a fullback position. It’s an exciting time for Chelsea fans, and I’m sure Arsenal fans are wondering why we didn’t get him.
Former Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole heaped similar praise on the 22-year-old, explaining that Mudryk’s impact off the bench ‘threatened’ the hosts’ defense and insisting the Ukrainian will provide the goals Chelsea require alongside Joao Felix..
He made a threat against Liverpool today. When you can do things like this in the final third, you can turn away from someone and is also a goal threat, and Chelsea have two new players to come in alongside Joao Felix.
When you have a player like that on your team, the crowd cheers. He made a 35-minute cameo, which piqued my interest..
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