Mudryk sends clear Pochettino message as Cole Palmer makes bold Chelsea claim

Mykhailo Mudryk sends clear Mauricio Pochettino message as Cole Palmer makes bold Chelsea claim

Some big names were in attendance at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea just about got all three points against Newcastle United.

Todd Boehly, Behdad Eghbali, Hansjorg Wyss, Adam Sandler, Gareth Southgate and Shaun Wallace from The Chase were all in SW6 to witness a five-goal thriller between the Blues and the Magpies. It was the third game between the two sides this season and it proved to be the most entertaining one.

Nicolas Jackson handed Chelsea an early lead, with just six minutes on the clock but Newcastle levelled the match just before the half-time whistle. Alexander Isak took advantage of some fairly lapse defending from the Blues and placed the ball into the bottom corner with wonderful precision.

However, Chelsea restored their advantage after the breakthrough the imperious Cole Palmer, before substitute Mykhailo Mudryk made it 3-1 to the Blues on 76 minutes. Jacob Murphy thumped one into the top corner for the visitors in stoppage time but it proved to be nothing but a consolation for Eddie Howe and his team.

Following the match, there was plenty to discuss and debate from a Chelsea point of view.

Palmer makes bold Chelsea claim

Palmer was once again the star of the show for Chelsea as the 21-year-old scored his 13th goal of the season, while assisting for the 11th time since joining the Blues. With Southgate and his England assistant Steve Holland in attendance, things could not have gone better for Palmer, who put on a show for the Three Lions’ coaching staff ahead of this summer’s Euros

Southgate and Holland were not only there to watch Palmer, though, with plenty of other English talent on display. Anthony Gordon would have been one of those but the winger was forced off with injury in the first half.

Either way, Southgate would have been very pleased with what he witnessed from Palmer, who at every given opportunity was looking to make something happen for the hosts in SW6. He set up Jackson on six minutes and in the second period, his early shot caught Martin Dubravka, whose positioning was off, off guard.

After the game, Palmer was asked by Sky Sports about the game, his goal and the events that unfolded at the Bridge. But he was also quizzed on more general life at Chelsea and the England international stated his confidence that this young group of players will eventually come good and prove a lot of people wrong.

“I think there’s so much talent at Chelsea, the fans don’t see it, you guys [the media] don’t see it,” Palmer said. “The way the manager works us on the pitch, the things he does with us, it’s only going to get better.

“I’m sure, if not next season then the season after. It’s a project, everyone is young, trying to play well. You will see it sooner or later.”

Mudryk makes big Pochettino plea

At this point, what more can Mudryk do to prove he is worthy of a starting spot for Chelsea? The 23-year-old was electric when he entered the pitch with just less than 20 minutes to go on Monday evening.

Mudryk’s first real involvement was a one-two with Jackson and while that does not sound like too much, the manner of how the duo did it spoke volumes. The Ukrainian immediately looked for his teammate, who returned the favour and Mudryk drove forward with his frightening pace before laying the ball off.

It was a statement of what was to come from Mudryk. It has not always been like that when he has come on this season – and being used from the substitutes’ bench is something he has become too accustomed to under Mauricio Pochettino.

In 2024, Mudryk is yet to start a game in the Premier League for the Blues. What more does he need to do? “It was a very good goal, he scored a really good goal and that is what we expect from a player that came from the bench, an impact,” Pochettino said on Mudryk at full-time on Monday.

“Then it is about to compete with different players in the position he can play and then deserve to play. It’s more of a question for him than for me.”

But what Mudryk has done has given Pochettino a really big decision to make at the weekend. Raheem Sterling once again failed to impress for the Blues, leaving his position in the team in doubt for Sunday afternoon’s FA Cup quarter-final tie with Leicester City.


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