Why Mykhailo Mudryk Was Substituted At Half-Time Of Chelsea's Draw With Fulham


Chelsea head coach Graham Potter has explained why he substituted Mykhailo Mudryk midway through their 0-0 draw at home to Fulham on Friday night.

The Blues put out a new-look side following another transfer window of heavy spending, with Mudryk making his first start for the club having impressed off the bench against Liverpool last time out.

However, after a slow first half against west London neighbours Fulham - registering zero shots, creating zero chances and completing zero take-ons - the Ukrainian was hauled off at half-time and replaced by fellow January signing Noni Madueke.

After the final whistle, Potter explained why Mudryk was hooked so early.

Firstly speaking to the Sky Sports cameras, Potter said: "It's always that way with young players [having a drop off], he has had a really heavy cold this week. He’s suffered a bit with that and felt a bit heavy legged and we didn’t want to take any risks with him. We’re still in the process of building up his minutes, he’s had a long break and that was the decision there."

He reiterated this to the written press soon after, stating: "He's had a heavy cold this week. He was feeling heavy legged at half-time and we didn't want to take a chance with him, he is still in a process where we are building up his minutes because of the break he's been on in Ukraine."

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