Mykhaylo Muydryk Opens Up About His Tough Start at Chelsea Following Record-Breaking Move
Mykhaylo Muydryk is confident he can turn around his Chelsea career after a difficult start, with Graham Potter leaving him out in recent weeks.
Mykhaylo Muydryk believes those who label him a “loser” will one day change their minds and label him a “winner,” despite his difficult start to life at Chelsea.
🗣️Time will tell🦋 #MM15 #CFC pic.twitter.com/UbJ0ckulrY— Mykhailo Mudryk 🧢MM15🇺🇦 (@MMudryk15_CFC) March 30, 2023
The Blues signed the Ukrainian in January, beating Arsenal to his signature, paying a whopping £89 million to lure him away from Shakhtar Donetsk. Muydryk made an impression as a substitute against Liverpool at Anfield, but has struggled to live up to the hype since.
He has yet to score for the west London club, who have struggled for goals since the beginning of the year. Muydryk’s price tag was always going to bring with it a lot of pressure, and he admits it has, but he’s confident the tide will turn in his favor.
When asked about his difficult start to life at Stamford Bridge, he told Sky Sports: “I can say yes, there’s a lot of pressure, but it’s not the first time.” I enjoy the pressure because one day, that guy who said I was a loser will say I was a winner. “Only time will tell.”
Muydryk made his name as a winger in his homeland, scoring ten goals in 18 games for Shakhtar this season before moving to the Premier League. Graham Potter has used him as a central striker due to a lack of options in that position. However, the Ukraine international is open to the positional change, claiming it can benefit both him and the team.
“It’s a good position,” he added. It’s easier when the ball lands on the ground, but it’s more difficult when it lands in the air. But it depends on the type of game we have here; for some games, it may be better for me to play nine, while for others, it may be better for me and the team to play on the side.”
Despite the fact that the forward has been left out of the team in recent weeks, Potter has downplayed its significance, claiming that the player needs time to adapt to the demands of the English game. “Of course, every player wants to play, and I believe it’s important for players to play in order to improve,” he said.
“But at the same time, it’s not a straight road, it’s not just a play and everything happens in a linear way. Sometimes you have to take a step away. Sometimes you just need a bit of training time. Sometimes you need a breather. So there are a lot of factors.
“Hopefully, he can benefit from the time he’s had. And again, it’s not easy for him to just arrive in the middle of what was pre-season for him and to come into a new country, new club, new league, and just hit his absolute maximum level. It is regardless of the fee; I know people will look at the fee but it doesn’t change the situation he is in. We’re positive about him. We’re positive about the future for him. But we need just to help them settle and help him understand what he needs to do to help us.”