Paul Merson has claimed that Chelsea manager Graham Potter didn’t sanction the signing of Mykhailo Mudryk.
Mudryk joined a slew of new players at Stamford Bridge in January after completing his transfer from Shakhtar Donetsk to Chelsea for a fee of 88 million pounds.
Yet, the winger has not yet established himself as a regular starter for Potter’s team, despite the fαct that his debut was quite promising and it was played against Liverpool. Mudryk was only used as a substitute and played for a total of seven minutes in Chelsea’s 2-0 loss against Tottenham, which came at a time when the team was suffering from a severe lack of offҽnsive creativity.
Merson claimed that Potter would have started Mudryk in the lineup if he had been involved in the signing process.
Merson said the following in an interview with Sky Sports: “Against Tottenham, Chelsea did not appear like they were going to score a goal in a year’s worth of Sundays.”
Mykhailo Mudryk is a new signing who cost £88 million, and the fαct that he is warming the bench shows you that he is not one of Potter’s players.
If he was his player and Potter had gone to the board and announced that he needed Mudryk, then the player in question would have been required to play him.
Merson was taken aback by how slowly Chelsea played against Spurs.
He remarked, “When Chelsea lost 1-0 against Dortmund, I thought they would absolutely beαt them in the second leg.” He was referring to the first leg of the tie. Since then, I no longer believe that they are capable of scoring two goals in a single game.
At no point did it appear that they would score against Spurs. I could have played for Chelsea on Sunday when they had the ball since it moved at such a snail’s pace, and I’m 54 years old! I used to be able to sprint around, but now all I can do is pass the ball. If I had been able to play, I would have. It was slow, sideways, and backwards, all of which are styles of play that I am capable of doing at my age.
“Chelsea’s most important game is against Tottenham, and it was uninspiring.” They might still be playing right now, but they wouldn’t have scored if they did. I don’t think I can ever remember being enthused about them throughout the game.
The fαct that Chelsea are currently in such a pitiful run of form, as evidenced by their dreadful performance against Tottenham, has not made it any easier for players like Mudryk to adjust.
The young player, who is only 22 years old, possesses a lot of speed and flair, but it is not yet clear whether he will have an impact in the Premier League.
Due to the fαct that Potter must find a way to strike a balance within a very large team, it is inevitable that each game will require some notable players to be left off of the starting XI.
Mudryk, on the other hand, is going to be really focused on proving that he is deserving of a significant role for Chelsea.
Chelsea trio including Mason Mount could be part of major summer exodus
According to David Ornstein of The Athletic (h/t Football.London), Mason Mount, Conor Gallagher, and Ruben Loftus-Cheek might be among the group of Chelsea players that leave the squad during the summer transfer window.
Mount’s employment agreement is set to expire in the summer of 2024. (Transfermarkt). Following his rejection of new agreement offers from Chelsea, he has been widely linked with a move to Liverpool. At this time, the club has decided to put an end to negotiations until the completion of the current season. In the event that they are unable to get a favorable decision, they intend to sell the 24-year-old.
While Loftus-deal Cheek’s is set to expire in 2024, Gallagher is under contract to remain at Stamford Bridge into the year 2025. During the transfer window in January, both players’ names were mentioned in connection with Newcastle United. It would appear that the Blues will be selling them during the summer that is coming up. The fαct that they all came up through the Chelsea youth system is the only thing these players have in common. So, whatever sale value they acquire after getting rid of them will be counted as a profit, regardless of whether it is net or gross. After going through a spending binge during the last two transfer windows, the club could really benefit from getting some of its money back.
But, it is a shame because Mount, Gallagher, and Loftus-Cheek are all good players who have a lot of potential to reach their full ability. Mount, who was Chelsea’s top player in each of the previous two campaigns, is the guy that stands to be missed the most out of the three. This year has not gone according to plan, but that can be said for the majority of the players on the squad.
In addition, the England international had natural leadership abilities that the club might have made use of instead of playing hardball during contract negotiations and maybe selling him in the summer. These capabilities could have been utilized by the club.
Gallagher has had a roller coaster of a season thus far, but we are confident in his ability to turn things around because he had a successful loan stint at Crystal Palace earlier in the year. Loftus-Cheek is now 26 years old and has had trouble living up to the promise that was placed on him when he was signed. Hence, it makes sense to let him go.