Chelsea head coach Graham Potter has, on Friday, provided an insight into the chances of the club’s expectant fanbase being afforded a first glimpse of Mykhailo Mudryk over the course of the coming weekend.
The name of Ukrainian sensation Mudryk has of course taken its place front and centre in the headlines in west London over the course of the last week.
This comes after Chelsea pipped London rivals Arsenal to a last-minute deal for the explosive winger, owing to an agreement with Shakhtar Donetsk with the potential to rise to as much as €100 million.
Last time out, Mudryk was unavailable for selection to Graham Potter, the 22-year-old watching on from the stands as his side got the better of Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge.
With a full week of training now under his belt, however, excitement has begun to spread amongst those of a Blues persuasion, regarding the prospect of Mudryk taking to the pitch in the club’s colours for the first time.
This comes as Chelsea put the final touches on preparations for a crunch Premier League showdown with Liverpool.
Speaking to the media on Friday evening, it therefore came as little surprise when the possibility of Mudryk being handed his Pensioners bow at Anfield was put to the aforementioned Graham Potter.
And Chelsea’s boss hinted that as much looks altogether likely, in explaining that:
“He’s settled in really good. He’s a young player, an exciting player, fantastic speed one-v-one, can attack the back line. Now we’ve just got to help him adapt to the Premier League, adapt to us.
“He’s obviously come from a mid-season break so hasn’t played so much football recently, but has been training well, so we’ll assess him and see how much he can play at the weekend.
“There’s a chance he could make his debut. It’s how much he can do. I think 90 minutes no, but there’s probably a role for him at some stage in the game.”