Mauricio Pochettino has perfect answer to Mykhailo Mudryk Chelsea struggles amid latest boost

Mykhailo Mudrykhas has just two goals under Mauricio Pochettino but the return of Christopher Nkunku could be the kicker he needs.
Mykhailo Mudryk of Ukraine looks on during the UEFA EURO 2024 European qualifier match between Ukraine and ItalyMykhailo Mudryk of Ukraine looks on during the UEFA EURO 2024 European qualifier match between Ukraine and Italy
Mykhailo Mudryk of Ukraine looks on during the UEFA EURO 2024 European qualifier match between Ukraine and Italy

Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino is closing in on having Christopher Nkunku available for the first time this season and his impact could be the shining light that could be the motivation Mykhailo Mudryk needs.

Mudryk has failed to find the consistency and form that made Chelsea go all out to beat Arsenal for his signature. This season, he's bagged just two goals- one against Fulham and the other against Arsenal.

But injuries have always meant he stopped more when he just got going and for someone who was signed for a fee of around £88million, there is more he needs to do.

Shakhtar Donetsk fitness coach Carlo Nicolini revealed a lot of his challenges in west London has been due to the fact that Chelsea have struggled in the last year and that has made his adaptation longer than initially anticipated.

He is quoted by the Evening Standard: “Mudryk needed to take one more step there, then the war happened.

"He went to Chelsea, which is not a team, individuals struggle [there].

"In the national team you can see the real Mudryk, he can do even more. He must find the right environment and a coach who gives him confidence. He has everything to rock, I hope he can show it because he is really strong."

Chelsea have won only eight Premier League games all year but there is a genuine feeling that the return of Christopher Nkunku could help bring the best out of the team and generate the kind of kick that Mudryk might need to get his career back on track at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues had two positive results before the international break, the win against Tottenham, the first time Ange Postecoglou's side had suffered a defeat this season and a thrilling 4-4 draw with Manchester City.

The treatment table at Cobham is beginning to loosen up and Pochettino might just be able to use the huge numbers and his team selection to bring the best out of non-performing high hitters.