Chelsea boss Pochettino playing a dangerous game by relying on ‘quite unique’ star
Mauricio Pochettino continues to back the youngster through thick and thin.
The pressure is mounting on Mauricio Pochettino to get the best out of £88.5million signing Mykhaylo Mudryk after a laboured start to life at Stamford Bridge. Mudryk has yet to score for Chelsea in a competitive game despite the faith placed in him by his manager, who may be forced to make a ruthless decision in January if he isn’t firing on all cylinders by then.
Chelsea aren’t traditionally a particularly patient club as can be seen from their long list of managers over the years and club executives may demand that Mudryk be sent out on loan to continue his development elsewhere if he is unable to hit the ground running for the west Londoners.
Yet Pochettino is confident the Ukrainian winger will come good eventually and has seen some positive signs both and off the pitch to suggest this will be the case.
“He is quite unique. I think it is a good challenge for him and for [the coaching staff],” said Pochettino. “Misha is a very talented player but you need to go with him very slowly. [It’s] cultural and everything is completely different to [how we] Latin people [are].
“He is now trying to be more open and trying to adapt and be more involved in every single situation, not only on the field, off the field also and he is making a massive effort to try and integrate himself and understand better what it means to play like a team.”
But Pochettino is playing a dangerous game by relying on Mudryk despite his less-than-satisfactory performances. Admittedly, he has been left with little choice due to injuries affecting his options. But if the January signing does not pick up his level, his manager is at risk.