Mykhailo Mudryk speaks out after another woeful display vs West Ham

Mykhailo Mudryk thanked Chelsea fans for their support and says he will be successful despite another tough performance for the club.

He was introduced at half-time of Sunday’s 3-1 defeat away to West Ham in place of Carney Chukwuemeka, who was forced off with a knee injury and was seen leaving the stadium on crutches.

But Mudryk struggled to have similar impact on the match as the teenager and only had 28 touches of the ball – the same amount as goalkeeper Robert Sanchez.

He was mocked on social media for one bad effort on goal, when he skewed a close-range volley so bad it landed outside the box, while he also slipped when he had a great opportunity to get a shot off.

Mudryk, who cost £85m in January, is still waiting for his first goal for Chelsea but he remains adamant he will come good eventually.

‘Guys, I just wanna say that I appreciate your support,’ wrote the winger on Instagram on Monday afternoon.

‘We’re going with y’all in one boat, we lose together and we win together, and my success will be yours as well.’

Mauricio Pochettino also defended Mudryk after his difficult cameo against West Ham and believes the Ukrainian will deliver on his enormous potential.

Asked about Mudryk’s display on Sunday, and what is going wrong for him, Pochettino said: ‘Well I think he needs to be more in the spirit to score.

‘But normally, today he played 45 minutes, he needs to have continuity. But first of all he needs to build his continuity and trust during the trainings during the week.

‘He’s a young player that needs to be trusted, we need to trust in him to create this relationship with us and with the team.

‘He has enormous quality and talent, I think it’s only [a matter of] time for him to settle better in the team and for sure he will find the way to perform in the way that we expect.’

On Chukwuemeka’s injury, Pochettino said: ‘With Carney we need to assess him. We’ll see tomorrow the assessment from the doctors and hope it is not a big issue, but we need to wait.’

   

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