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Chelsea winger Mykhaylo Mudryk is given special treatment at the club because he is a “different breed” of player to others at the club, reports claim. The Ukraine star has struggled for game time since his arrival from Shakhtar Donetsk in January.
Chelsea snuck in ahead of Arsenal to complete an £88million deal for Mudryk in the winter window. However, he has made just seven appearances for the Blues to date, three coming as a substitute.
Mudryk is yet to score for his new club but did register his first assist in his last appearance against Leicester. Mudryk arrived at Stamford Bridge having not played since November following the conclusion of the Ukrainian season.
The 22-year-old is being given time by Graham Potter to settle into his new surroundings. Transfer reporter Ben Jacobs claims Potter is using his man-management skills in order to give him the best possible start in England.
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Mudryk is viewed differently from other members of the Chelsea squad due to his “unique” mentality. Jacobs told GiveMeSport: “What Potter has done very well is appreciate that Mudryk is a different breed of footballer to others at the club and he’s played into his personality, which is ultimately very focused and unique.
“Mudryk is the type of player who wants to arrive early and leave late, he wants to do a lot of gym work, he wants to make instant impacts and sometimes run before he can walk.
“Potter is a great man-manager and has made sure he’s taken one-on-one time with Mudryk to explain what the transition to the Premier League is like and to justify times why he’s been left on the bench or out of the squad.”
Potter opened up on his plans for Mudryk earlier this month. He admitted it isn’t a straightforward transition for the winger and insists training sessions are vital to his adaptation period.
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Potter said: “Of course, every player wants to play and it’s important that players play to improve, I think that’s a fact. 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.”
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