Shevchenko urges patience with Mudryk after slow Chelsea start

FOOTBALL Shevchenko urges patience with Mudryk after slow Chelsea start

Kiplagat Sang • 17:10 - 26.03.2023

Blues boss Graham Potter has always preferred Raheem Sterling and Joao Felix in a front-three formation.

Former Chelsea striker Andriy Shevchenko has called for patience with new signing Mykhailo Mudryk.

The retired Ukrainian striker stated that the Blues have a big future star in Mudryk, who joined the London club from Shakhtar Donetsk in January for £88 million.

Mudryk has had a limited impact at Chelsea, with Potter preferring to use either Sterling or Felix ahead of the Ukrainian.

Mudryk has started four out of 10 games despite his promising debut in the Premier League as a second-half substitute against Liverpool.

"Chelsea are investing in their future," Shevchenko said.

"The Premier League usually demands results right now, but let's see how he does in these eight years. Let's see what he can do in the long-term. The club must be patient with him, believe in his talent."

Shevchenko, who joined AC Milan in a £22 million move in 1999 at the age of 22, said he would have wished to join the Blues at a younger age.

In two seasons, he managed to score 22 goals after his record signing by Chelsea. He was 29 at the time he moved to London.

"I wish I had come to Chelsea at his age," added Shevchenko.

"What worked for me in Milan and London was immersing myself in the culture, studying the language so I could communicate with my teammates.

"That will help him acclimatize quicker, which is important when you move to any country in the world. On the pitch, the club and the manager will provide him with everything he needs to raise his level.

"Chelsea have bought a talented player [Mudryk] when he is very young, for the future. He's just starting his path in a massive football career. But his first step has been the right step, coming to Chelsea. He's part of an ambitious project. He's in good hands.

"The decision to get him right now was down to how much the club believed in his talent. He's on a very long contract, that's very unusual."

Mudryk had not played for 12 months when he arrived in England due to the ongoing war in Ukraine as well as the domestic league's scheduled winter break.