Mudryk sets Premier League record after just one Chelsea appearance.
On his Chelsea debut, Mykhailo Mudryk set a new benchmark for Premier League pace merchants, becoming the fastest player in England so far this season.
The Ukrainian winger came in for the final 35 minutes of Saturday’s goalless draw with Liverpool and looked brilliant in his maiden appearance in English football.
According to Opta, the 22-year-old appeared to be incredibly fast, as he achieved a top speed of 22.76mph, beating Everton’s Anthony Gordon’s best speed of 22.74pmh.
Darwin Nunez (22.68mph), Manchester City’s Erling Haaland (22.50mph), and Chelsea midfielder Denis Zakaria round out the top five in Premier League pace this season (22.42).
After being knocked out of the FA Cup in the third round by Manchester City, the Blues now have a week off before facing Fulham in the Premier League on the 3rd of February.
Following his £88 million transfer from Shakhtar Donetsk, Mudryk will aim to play a part right away in that match, although Chelsea manager Graham Potter acknowledges it may take him some time to adjust.
‘Mudryk hasn’t played since November so it would have been a risk to start him but he was very good coming on.
‘He’s only had two sessions with us and will get better the more he understands us and vice-versa. He can get supporters off their seats. His dribbling actions are high and knows where the goal is.
‘Our job is to help settling him into the country and the team. He and Joao Felix are top players. Coaches don’t magically turn them into good players, it’s just about helping them fine-tune.’