'Didn't look too great': BBC pundit thinks he's already spotted a potential weakness in Mykhailo Mudryk

Garth Crooks thinks he’s already spotted a potential weakness in Chelsea’s newest recruit, Mykhailo Mudryk, explaining that he looks a bit weak when it comes to finishing.

Mudryk, 22, made a very exciting debut performance for the Blues in the weekend’s goalless draw against Liverpool.

The left-winger captured the imagination of supporters with an eye-catching cameo from the bench during the second-half, which showed a small snippet of what he brings as a player.

He’s a Ukraine international with pace, trickery and directness going forward, something Graham Potter’s side desperately need. In fact, Chelsea’s new attacker has already been clocked by Opta as the fastest in the Premier League this season.

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Mykhailo Mudryk impact

There’s been such positivity around Mudryk’s signing after an exciting debut, but BBC pundit Crooks has highlighted one potential issue.

He’s raised the worry around the 22-year-old’s end product in the box, with the player wasting a couple of chances to mark his first appearance with a goal.

“Graham Potter’s side are sporting a number of new imports, of which Mykhailo Mudryk is one,” Crooks told BBC Sport.

“The Ukraine international was quick, had two good feet, had awareness but didn’t look too great in front of goal. I hope for Chelsea’s sake he’s not another Timo Werner, who had all the makings of an excellent striker but couldn’t finish.”

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Let’s not forget Mudryk went into the game against Liverpool without much football in the past couple of months.

There’s no guarantee he will score goals in the Premier League, with so many former Blues players losing their shooting boots when they put on a Chelsea shirt. The early impression of Mudryk is that he’s going to shine, though.

Mudryk scored 10 goals and made eight assists in 18 Shakhtar appearances this season before his mid-season transfer, so he definitely knows where the back of the goal is.

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Dom is a Chelsea supporter who has worked in online publishing for more than six years. Graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016, he now writes exclusively for The Chelsea Chronicle covering news, analysis and match coverage. He enjoys the dream position of writing about his boyhood club, which seems to be involved in more drama every single day than an episode of The Bill. Aside from his love for Chelsea, he supports and follows the England cricket team. He also fancies himself as the Sunday League version of Michael Essien.