Chelsea’s newly reappointed caretaker manager, Frank Lampard, has finally got his wish to coach Mykhaylo Mudryk, after failing to sign the Ukrainian winger from Shakhtar Donetsk during his time in charge of Everton. Mudryk was sold to Chelsea for a club-record sale worth £88m in January, but he has struggled to make an impact in the Premier League, providing just one assist in seven outings. Despite this, the 22-year-old winger is regarded as a serious talent and Oleksandr Usyk, the unified heavyweight boxing champion of the world, believes Mudryk can become the fourth Ukrainian to win the Ballon d’Or after Oleg Blokhin, Igor Belanov, and Andriy Shevchenko.
Lampard has a tough task ahead of him as he has just nine Premier League games to salvage Chelsea’s season, and their season hangs on a Champions League quarter-final against Real Madrid. To get the best out of Mudryk, Lampard needs to find a place for him in Chelsea’s squad, which boasts several attacking players, including Raheem Sterling, Christian Pulisic, Noni Madueke, Joao Felix, Kai Havertz, and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
During his time in charge of Everton, Lampard submitted a €30million (£26m) offer for Mudryk, but it was rebuffed by Shakhtar Donetsk. Shakhtar’s sporting director, Darijo Srna, revealed that their president did not want to sell Mudryk, especially in such difficult times, as he wanted to progress in the Champions League and win the championship. Despite the rejection, Lampard remained interested in Mudryk and finally got his chance to coach him at Chelsea.
It remains to be seen if Lampard can turn Chelsea’s fortunes around and lead them to a successful end to the season. However, with Mudryk in his squad, Lampard has a serious talent at his disposal who could make all the difference.