Mykhailo Mudryk is expected to play a key role at Chelsea next season, according to reports.

The Evening Standard claims that Chelsea attacker Mykhailo Mudryk is set to play a ‘prominent role’ during the 2023/24 campaign at Stamford Bridge.

It is explained that the Blues still view the 22-year-old as very important despite a quiet first few months at the club.

The Evening Standard reported earlier this week that Mauricio Pochettino is still expected to become Chelsea’s next permanent manager.

Therefore, it sounds like Mudryk is going to be vital under Pochettino.

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We’re still waiting to see Mudryk hit top gear in Chelsea colours.

The rapid left-winger earned a big reputation from his time at Shakhtar Donetsk, which persuaded Chelsea to bring him to West London back in the January transfer window.

He’s got zero goals and two assists in 14 Blues appearances so far. It’s worth pointing out he’s completed 90 minutes once and is struggling for regular starts, though.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink claimed on Tuesday he would like Chelsea’s caretaker manager Frank Lampard to use Mudryk a lot more from now until the end of the season. We totally agree with him!

The Ukraine international is looking a rare threat in the Blues forward line because of his pace and directness.

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In our view, Mudryk has to be promoted to the starting line-up for tomorrow afternoon’s Premier League trip to Bournemouth.

Blues fans are desperate for the season to end after six consecutive defeats across all competitions, but perhaps we can get a look to the future if some of the young stars get a run of starts in the remaining fixtures.

We can still see a cause for optimism if you pick out the young talent on the club’s books.

Of course, Chelsea need a manager that will play and develop them. This colossus squad needs to be trimmed down, too.

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