How Chelsea could line up with Mykhailo Mudryk: Exploiting pace key to £88.5m signing


New Chelsea signing Mykhailo Mudryk could make his debut against Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday after joining in an £88.5million deal from Shakhtar Donetsk.

Mudryk will train with his new team-mates this week as Graham Potter mulls over where to fit the 22-year-old into his attack.

Having spent his entire career in Ukraine, the left winger is not yet well-known across Europe but his highlight reels show his obvious gifts of pace and power.

Thought to be one of the fastest players in world football, Mudryk is a ball-carrying left-sided attacker who likes to cut inside on his stronger right foot.

Almost all of his 44 appearances for Shakhtar have come from the left side of the pitch, while he is occasionally played on the right.

That will leave him competing directly against Raheem Sterling and Christian Pulisic in pre-existing formations used by Potter.

Chelsea have increasingly been using a 4-2-3-1 formation, which would give Mudryk space on the left wing. He could play the same position in a 4-3-3 or 3-4-3.

The loan signing of Joao Felix last week gives Potter further options on how to set up. Before being sent off against Fulham, Felix linked well with Kai Havertz in a front two.

Mudryk could attempt to play Havertz’s role on the left side of a front two but may find he has less chance to use his most important attribute - his speed.

With vastly different attributes to Havertz and little experience of the role, it remains unclear how he would fare.

Of course, both Sterling and Pulisic are currently injured which could see him introduced into the team more quickly.

There is, however, the issue that he has not played a competitive match since November 23 and, with just 65 senior appearances under his belt, he is a rough diamond.