Pochettino issues another strong warning to Mykhaylo Mudryk following a 4-2 loss to Wolves – walexsports.com
Pochettino issues a severe warning to Mudryk following the 4-2 loss against the Wolves.
Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino has explained why Mykhaylo Mudryk is still not a first-team starter ahead of their Premier League match against Wolves.
The 23-year-old Ukrainian international, who joined the Blues from Shakhtar Donetsk in January last year for a whopping £88.5 million, has signed an eight-and-a-half-year contract at Chelsea.
He has showed flashes of why Chelsea paid such a high price to lure him to West London, particularly in pre-season when he put up an outstanding performance against Borussia Dortmund.
Mudryk also drew a standing ovation for his Carabao Cup performance against Brighton, but the pacey attacker has consistently failed to produce when handed first-team opportunity.
Mudryk has only scored three Premier League goals in his Chelsea career to date.
He was once again named on the bench for the club’s league game against Wolves on Sunday, which was not surprising given Pochettino’s comments prior to kickoff.
When asked about Mudryk, who has only made nine Premier League appearances this season, Pochettino responded: “He started the game against Middlesbrough in the semi-final, which is one of the most important games for us.
“Yes, now he’s on the bench. Look, it’s all about your form throughout the season – if you maintain it and are at your best throughout every training session.
“As coaching staff, we are a meritocracy – we are going to play with the players who are going to do their best on the pitch.”
The Argentine continued, “I believe he is a young man who moved here a year ago. We understand the circumstances surrounding [the transfer].
“Of course, he should improve. He has incredible talent and promise, but this is a [team] game, not tennis.
“We have players who need to perform as a group. If you see him, it’s incredible, but after that, you have to adapt and play for the team, and he has to adapt, all of which takes time.”
In October, Pochettino stated that the Ukrainian winger is a “different person” following a rough start at Chelsea.
“After three months he is not a completely different player because we are not magic but he is a different person,” he went on to say.
“We’re beginning to realise how beautiful this person is. He is very sensitive and intelligent. He is incredibly clever. And how crucial it is to instill confidence and trust in life. When people trust one other, they may be candid and express their football talent.
“Micha is doing exceptionally well in his relationships with the team, coaching staff, medical staff, and the club. That is a huge improvement. It is not to provide him with workouts or guidance on how to go between the lines or one by one.
“That is part of his talent but the most important is that he can feel confident and happy when you play football because you need to feel connected to the game.”