Levi Colwill believes Mykhailo Mudryk can become one of the world's best players after the Ukraine international scored his first Chelsea goal in our away victory at Fulham.
Mudryk arrived at Stamford Bridge from Shakhtar Donetsk in the January transfer window. He hadn't played a competitive game for two months; a inevitable period of adaptation was required.
Patience was also needed. He has received it from head coach Mauricio Pochettino this season. Mudryk featured off the bench in three of our opening four fixtures of the campaign. He was then thrust in the starting XI against Bournemouth.
The winger has started the three following matches. Progression has been made, something evident to staff, teammates, and supporters. And at Craven Cottage, Mudryk finally got off the mark in blue.
It was Colwill who claimed the assist – a wonderful lofted pass over the head of Issa Diop – and the celebrations in front of the Riverside Stand were jubilant.
‘It’s amazing, I’m so happy for him, you could see in the celebrations,' explained Colwill after our win. ‘He deserved that. He is a great player, can be one of the best in the world. Now it’s about kicking on from here.'
The Academy graduate continued: ‘He’s got everything you want in a winger. He just needs to show it every game.
‘It’s been tough for him since he joined, 100%, but in the first half he was amazing. Everyone can see the qualities he has and we see it all the time in training.
'He is such a good player and to come here and bring it in the first half was an amazing. Now he’s got to build on it.’
Mudryk wasn't the only Chelsea player to open his account for the season at Craven Cottage. There was also a goal for Armando Broja, who started for the first time in ten months after recovering from a knee ligament injury sustained in December.
‘I’m so happy for him,' said Colwill. 'It’s been a long time he was out and has been working so hard. To come in today and score…it’s the best way to come back.
‘He’s got everything; he’s a problem [for defenders]. I’d hate to play against him. He’s big, strong, and takes his chances.’