Arsenal legend Merson slams Chelsea’s £600m transfers saying Mudryk has done ‘nothing’ and Madueke isn’t good enough


ARSENAL legend Paul Merson has slammed Chelsea’s £600m recruitment and says Mykhailo Mudryk has done “nothing” and that Noni Madueke is not good enough. Blues owner Todd Boehly spent a stunning £326m in the January transfer window - which is more than a third of the total £815m paid across the whole of the Premier League .

Enzo Fernandez broke the British transfer record by joining Chelsea for £107m on deadline day. The World Cup-winning Argentina midfielder became the EIGHTH arrival in January alone, following the likes of £97m Mudryk from Shakhtar Donetsk, Benoit Badiashile and £35m winger Madueke from PSV . However, Saturday’s defeat at home to bottom side Southampton means it is just two wins in 14 Premier League matches for under-pressure boss Graham Potter.

Mudryk did make a promising cameo during his Chelsea debut in the goalless draw at Liverpool last month but has still yet to deliver either a goal or an assist. And Merson , who won the top tier twice during his Gunners heyday, says that the Ukrainian international should already be making an impact. He told Sky Sports:

“People think Potter isn’t the righ man for the job, but I think he is. For me, I think give him time. “I don’t see it changing too quickly. I look at the players and I don’t get it.

“This Sunday is Chelsea’s biggest game of the season – it’s Tottenham. If he loses this one I’m not sure there is a way back because the fans will go ballistic. “This game can change everything though – if Chelsea beat Spurs he can also be a hero.

“I like him as a manager but I look at the quality of the players and I question it.” And that is when Merson decided to pull the trigger on the new boys. The ex-England star added: “They brought Mykhailo Mudryk for £88m and, bar a cameo of 20 minutes, he’s shown nothing. I mean nothing.

“You wouldn’t expect to need time to settle in at that price. “The forward-thinking players are no better than the ones they’ve already got so what’s the point? You can’t tell me that Noni Madueke is a better player than Raheem Sterling or Christian Pulisic. He’s not.

“Why are you buying a load of players that aren’t better than what you’ve got? None of them improve the team bar Enzo Fernandez and the centre-half [Benoit Badiashile].”

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