Mauricio Pochettino does not trust Mykhailo Mudryk to start games for Chelsea just yet.
That is according to respected journalist Paul Brown.
What’s the story?
Well, the Ukraine international is yet to actually start a competitive outing for Chelsea under the Argentine.
Mudryk has made three appearances so far this season – which amount to a total of 67 minutes – all of which came as a substitute.
Now, it has been suggested that Pochettino doesn’t really trust the 22-year-old behind the scenes.
Brown told Give Me Sport: “Mudryk, I think, again, has struggled in the little flashes that we’ve seen of him so far this season. It doesn’t really look like Pochettino is going to trust him to be a starter too often, so he’s going to have to seize these opportunities when he comes off the bench.
“I think there are still question marks over whether he suits the Premier League and whether he’s going to be able to adapt to it. So, he really needs to knuckle down and start showing what he’s got because it’s not been a great start to his Chelsea career.”
Hopefully, Pochettino keeps faith with Mudryk, as we believe there is a potentially world class player in there with the right coaching.
Chelsea vs Brighton could be huge for Mudryk
Unfortunately, Mudryk missed the 2-1 Carabao Cup win over AFC Wimbledon due to injury, a game where Pochettino handed chances to many fringe players.
The 51-year-old is expected to rotate his side once again in the third round against Brighton on Wednesday 27th September, with Mudryk likely to start if he is available.
Should the Chelsea No.10 make the starting XI, he simply has to impress.
As Brown states, there won’t be many opportunities like this in the Premier League, as Pochettino attempts to get Chelsea back into Europe.
Therefore, Mudryk has to show the South American that he can be trusted in Premier League action by causing Brighton all kinds of problems.