On “The Footballer’s Football Podcast,” Michail Antonio said that he has never seen a player as fast as Chelsea’s Mykhailo Mudryk.
Last weekend, the Blues played West Ham at the London Stadium. After a busy January, they wanted to get their first team players closer together.
Mudryk joined the team last month as part of an unprecedented rebuild at Stamford Bridge in the middle of the season.
Others, like Enzo Fernandez, Joao Felix, and Benoit Badiashile, also joined the team after he did.
On paper, there was a lot of talent that came through the doors. Now, Graham Potter has to put together a team every week that can do the job.
The manager seems to think that Mudryk is already a part of that. After his first game, in which he came off the bench, he has started every game since, both in the Premier League and the Champions League.
Antonio was shocked by Mudryk’s speed.
In his first few games, it looked like he was having trouble getting up to speed. This may be because he hadn’t played in months before he moved to England.
But his speed is something that has stood out. Antonio said that when he played against the Blues at the weekend, he had never seen anything like it.
He said: “Mudryk, very sharp. He moves quickly. Woah. Rapid. I’ve never seen anyone run as fast as that guy.”
When Christian Pulisic and especially Raheem Sterling come back from injury, Mudryk’s spot on the team may come under more scrutiny.
The England player wasn’t healthy enough to go to Germany for yesterday’s game, but he is getting close to a full comeback after being used briefly as a substitute against Fulham.