Former Arsenal star Bacary Sagna believes that Mykhaylo Mudryk will become a “world class” player, despite his shaky start to life in the Premier League. The winger has scored four goals in 38 appearances for Chelsea since joining the club last January, with Mauricio Pochettino insisting that he will be able to help the forward reach his potential.
Numerous Chelsea players have underperformed so far this season, which has led to them sitting in 10th place in the Premier League. Pochettino has come under fire as a result, with questions being raised about the performances of his side given the fees forked out for several players.
Todd Boehly has spent over £1billion to build a new squad at Chelsea, though the current crop of players look disjointed and drained of confidence. Among those who have not made their mark at Stamford Bridge is Mudryk, who has become a rotational option for the Blues despite his £88.5million price tag.
But ex-Manchester City defender Sagna believes that the Blues must keep the faith in the Ukraine international due to his immense potential. He told Lord Ping: “I expect Mudryk to fulfil the promise he has at Chelsea and develop into a world-class player. For me, he is already a top, top player.
“He joined the club when there were a lot of problems. There was a lot of negative energy at Chelsea and the players were suffering from a lack of confidence.
“It’s not easy for a young player to come to a new club in a new country and perform straight away. It is even more difficult to do that when you join a club for a huge amount of money. People expect players that cost £100 million to win games on their own, but football doesn’t work like that.
“He joined a team that had no confidence. It would be unrealistic for people to think that he would be Chelsea’s saviour. Football is a vibe, and you need all of your players to be in a good place to get the best out of them.
“I think Mudryk’s performances are getting better. He is starting to adapt to the league and is improving with every game. He needs time to develop but he has shown some encouraging signs this season.”
It remains to be seen whether Pochettino will give Mudryk more minutes to spark him into life for the remainder of the campaign or whether the Argentine looks to sign an alternative option out wide in this transfer window.