Frank Lampard expresses concern over Mykhaylo Mudryk as Chelsea’s £88.5m star falls short of expectations
Since joining Chelsea in the January transfer window, Mykhaylo Mudryk has struggled.
Chelsea interim manager Frank Lampard has been told why Mykahylo Mudryk has not made the desired impact following his £88.5 million January move to Stamford Bridge. The Blues pipped Arsenal to a deal for the Ukrainian after outbidding them, but he has yet to demonstrate why Todd Boehly and co paid such a high fee for him.
Mudryk has failed to score and has only registered one assist in 10 starts for Chelsea, as he has been in and out of the starting lineup. Only four of his Premier League appearances have been starts, and he has never played the full 90 minutes.
Lampard named a front three of Raheem Sterling, Kai Havertz, and Joao Felix for his first game back in charge, a 1-0 loss at Wolves on Saturday, though Mudryk was given a chance to impress from the bench. However, former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel has stated that the club’s atmosphere and the situation in the dressing room are not beneficial to the Ukrainian.
“It was a lot of money spent and no goals,” Schmeichel told Premier League Productions. “Mudryk was, for me, a big one. I have seen him play for Shakhta
“ But, of course, they play in a different style and they play in a different way. He is coming in with this price tag. He was sort of nicked from Arsenal, at the last minute, so a lot of external non-football issues around his personality.
“And now go and score goals, it’s a big, big call. The Chelsea dressing room doesn’t work. There isn’t a good atmosphere there. Too many players in there, who have brought in on promises, then they look around and there are 35 of them. Only 11 can play, so why am I not playing?”
Mudryk was a member of Graham Potter’s bloated squad, which was expanded after it was revealed that several players had to change outside of the dressing room because there were simply not enough spaces in the changing area for every member of the first-team squad.
The squad is expected to be significantly reduced in the summer as Chelsea seeks to comply with Premier League financial rules, but Mudryk is unlikely to be included given that he is only a few months into an eight-and-a-half-year contract.
While the winger must believe that his long-term future is at Stamford Bridge, having recently brought his family to London to combat any off-the-field issues that come with a young man moving to a new country – which Lampard will hope can improve his performances on the pitch.