Rob Green believes Chelsea may have found their new Eden Hazard

Former Blue Rob Green says he can see similarities between Eden Hazard and new Chelsea signing Mykhailo Mudryk, whom he believes can be a “nightmare” for any defender in the world.

The 22-year-old was on the pitch for only about half an hour at Anfield on Saturday, but he already stole the spotlight with his second-half cameo.

While he did not score and the match ended in a 0-0 draw, Mudryk showcased the talent that convinced Chelsea to spend big on him in the first place.

Unsurprisingly, the former Shakhtar Donetsk star earned rave reviews from the likes of Gary Neville and Steven Gerrard.

Even Green, who had the opportunity to play alongside Hazard at Chelsea, could not help but compare Mudryk and the former Belgium international.

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“It’s an interesting comparison in the way that he moves and just the movement of the feet, how quickly he can do it,” the former Blues goalkeeper told Stadium Astro when asked about the similarities between Mudryk and Hazard.

“It seems that for some players, time just stands still for them. They seem to have the ability to do things a lot quicker.

“Sergio Aguero was one I played against where you’d think, ‘He’s going to take a touch here,’ but he took three. He’s that quick.

“It’s a nightmare for defenders. James Milner got booked and taken off for Trent Alexander-Arnold just because he [Mudryk] came on the pitch.

“The rest of the Premier League are going to turn around and think, ‘Wow. OK, this boy can make a difference for Chelsea.’

“He can be a problem for anybody in the world really.

“Yes, the similarities are there [with Hazard], and the price tag is similar as well to what Eden went for.”

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Gerry is a Chelsea supporter who has more than five years of experience in online publishing. He started out writing for Chelsea fan blogs during his high school years, before writing for several local sport news outlets. After graduating in NCTJ-accredited sports journalism MA at the University of Sunderland, he has worked as a freelance writer for The Chelsea Chronicle since 2020. He is a big fan of football statistics and strongly believes that sooner or later, the xG Gods always catch up. He is also a proud member of Michael Ballack fan club.