First announced on the side of his favorite club, Arsenal, Mykhaylo Mudryk finally joined rival Chelsea against a check for 100 million euros, variables included (70 M€ and 30 in bonus). This is the biggest transfer of the winter transfer window, well ahead of Cody Gakpo (ex-PSV Eindhoven) to Liverpool (€42m) and the two arrivals at Les Bleus, in the persons of Benoît Badiashile (ex-AS Monaco) and Noni Madueke (ex-PSV). With the arrival of the Ukrainian striker on the side of Stamford Bridge, where he was already in the stands during the small victory against Crystal Palace (1-0), Chelsea salted his addition a little more, since the club chaired and co -directed by the American Todd Boehly spent no less than 500 million euros to strengthen the workforce of Graham Potter.
However, the arrival of number 10 from Shakhtar Donetsk did not delight everyone on the other side of England. Indeed, in addition to the transfer compensation deemed exaggerated, the very long-term contracts offered by the Blues are also in the eye of the storm, even if the London management respects the laws of FIFA. Indeed, Mudryk is now linked to the CFC until June 2031, enough to repel the suitors during the next transfer window. But during the trip Saturday afternoon to Anfield to face Liverpool there as part of the 21st day of the Premier League (0-0), the international from Zbirna with 6 selections did not wait long to splash the lair de la Mersey with his talent on the ball.
“He reminded me a bit of Arjen Robben”
Entering the game against the Reds in the 55th minute in place of young Lewis Hall, Mykhaylo Mudryk had some difficulty, first, to find his marks in the left lane, where he is accompanied by Marc Cucurella. But after two approximate balls, the native of Krasnohrad quickly showed his real qualities on the green rectangle: indeed, he was omnipresent on his flank, whether building in his own half of the field or in the last or before -last gesture in the opponent’s zone of truth. Twirling and technically comfortable, the second Ukrainian to wear the blue jersey after Andriy Shevchenko made James Milner see all the colors, who even sanctioned with a yellow after having mowed him down after the hour mark. .
Between his slalom in the defense before finding the small outside net, his bursts of speed and his calls to the far post, barely too short, to take over Ziyech’s crosses, Mudryk’s performance made several observers of the English round ball react. , including a former Liverpool glory, Steven Gerrard: “He looks like a real player, some of his moves today are exceptional. He reminded me a bit of Arjen Robben, his first touch wasn’t good but from there his footwork, his quickness, the way he handled the ball, I would be very excited if I was at Chelsea »he declared on the air BT Sports. A breath of fresh air that could help the current 10th in PL to leave the bottom of the first part of the table and get back into the race for Europe…