Joe Cole names Chelsea’s most exciting new signing after £320m January spending spree Comment

 

Joe Cole believes the upheaval at Chelsea could continue over the next two transfer windows but says Graham Potter should be buoyed by the new arrivals, especially ‘really exciting’ Mykhailo Mudryk . Chelsea have spent more than £600m on new signings since American businessman Todd Boehly took over the Premier League club last year.

After splashing out more than £250m in his first transfer window in charge, it would have been understandable if Boehly kept his cash in his pocket in January. But the heavy spending continued with Chelsea signing the likes of Mudryk, Enzo Fernandez, Noni Madueke, Joao Felix and David Datro Fofana.

Fernandez became the most expensive signing in Premier League history when he completed a £107m move from Benfica last month , but Cole singled out Mudryk for praise instead. Ukraine international Mudryk looked set to join Premier League leaders Arsenal but Chelsea hijacked the move and brought him to Stamford Bridge in a £89m deal from Shakhtar Donetsk. 

Mudryk was lively on his Chelsea debut against Liverpool before being subbed off at half-time in his second appearance for the Blues against Fulham, but Cole has already seen enough to know the Ukrainian will be a success in west London.

‘He’s going to be a top player for Chelsea,’ Cole told BT Sport . ‘He looks a fantastic final third player who can beat a man, excite the crowd and has great feet. ‘He reminds me of Arjen Robben in the way he drives past players in short bursts and makes the right decisions in the final third. I think he’s going to get better and better so Chelsea have got him at the right time.

‘He just needs to settle. It’s a big jump coming from Ukraine to the Premier League so they’ll need to give him some time but I’m really excited about him once he learns to play under Potter.’

Given Chelsea’s sensational spending, Cole believes there will be a ‘big shift of players’ over the next two transfer windows. He added:

‘Graham Potter’s first job will be to get some kind of fluidity going and get players up to speed with what he wants and on board with what’s expected and what he’s trying to do. ‘The players [who are on the bench] have got to be professional and they’ll have known before they came that there’d be huge challenges to make the team…

‘Those players will have to take a lot of responsibility [for their futures] and if they’re not happy, there will be the opportunity to leave. ‘In the next two windows there’ll be a big shift of players leaving as well but Chelsea have a strong group – with Thiago Silva, Cesar Azpilicueta, Reece James, Mason Mount – so they’ll make sure the principles remain and I think the squad can stay happy.’

Chelsea sit just ninth in the Premier League – 10 points outside the top-four – ahead of Saturday’s trip to West Ham.

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