Mykhailo Mudryk made his Chelsea debut on Saturday. The winger joined the Blues this month for a staggering £89m.
Graham Potter opted not to start the Ukrainian vs Liverpool in the day’s early kick-off.
However, Mudryk caught the eye during a 35-minute cameo, setting up a number of openings and hitting the side netting after fine work inside the area, but was unable to make the occasion with a goal.
Now, following the game, Cesar Azpilicueta has explained how Mudryk can shine at Chelsea:
“I’ve seen a very focused lad with great determination, great ambition,” he said of the winger.
“It was his first game since November so, for him, it was like pre-season, he played 35 minutes at Anfield so it’s not the easiest debut and I think he did brilliantly.
“He has a great connection with the fans as well. He’s a player who can have that mix between playing good football with his feet and also running into space. You could see his speed.”
On Mudryk’s price tag, Azpilicueta noted: “He’s very confident. The price tag, I know from the outside it’s there but we players don’t make the prices, it’s a market and when you are in the market, you have competition to get players so I don’t think it has to lie on his shoulders.
“He just has to express himself the way he has been doing. It’s great to see his energy and he will be a very important player.”