Mykhailo Mudryk impressed when he made his Chelsea debut off the bench against Liverpool on Saturday and Rio Ferdinand thinks Arsenal will regret not spending the cash to get him.
The Ukrainian winger looked odds on to join up with Mikel Arteta and his high-flying Gunners last week. A deal seemed moments away from being agreed upon by then at the very last minute, Todd Boehly and Chelsea swooped in and secured his signature.
Many eyebrows were raised at the reported £88 million that was spent on him but after his cameo on Saturday, it is clear to see why.
Mudryk had James Milner on toast as he easily sped past him several times and although he didn’t score, his quality was laid bare for all to see.
Speaking in the BT studio after the game, Ferdinand drooled over the youngster’s performance.
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‘We’ve all seen the clips of him and that explosive pace. But what I liked about him today is we saw soft feet on him and a good weight of pass too.’ he said.
‘He was making good decisions in the final third and was showing calmness while running at speed. Those elements make him a frightening proposition for full-backs when he gets into full flow.
‘This is only his first minutes in a month or so. Who knows what he’s going to be producing after this but it’s exciting for Chelsea fans.’
‘I’m sure there will be Arsenal fans sitting there going, “oh my days, how did we let that one go?”’
What did you make of his performance?