Chelsea’s £89 million signing Mykhailo Mudryk was unused by Potter twice last week but the Blues boss explains why that was the case
During crucial matches against Leeds United and Borussia Dortmund, Mudryk was on the bench as an unused substitute, which provided some respite for manager Potter. While Sterling was used in a wide position, Potter emphasized in a press conference that Mudryk, who was signed for £89m in January, is still included in his future plans.
Potter claims Mudryk is not ready
Potter told reporters: “Sometimes you need training time and a breather. It’s not a straight road where everything happens in a linear way. Sometimes you need to take a step away. It’s not easy to arrive in what was a pre-season for him in a new country, new league and new club and just hit his maximum level. The fee doesn’t change that. We’re positive about his future and we just need to help him settle in.”
Chelsea reportedly outbid Arsenal to sign Mudryk for a significant fee, but the winger has struggled to make an impact since joining Stamford Bridge, despite his fiery start in a game against Liverpool.
Manager Potter opted to give him a breather but emphasized in a press conference that Mudryk is still part of his plans. It remains to be seen how Potter will reintroduce Mudryk into the team.