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Mykhailo Mudryk sets Premier League season record after just one Chelsea appearance | Football

Mykhailo Mudryk caught the eye on his Premier League debut (Picture: Getty Images)

Mykhailo Mudryk set a new benchmark for Premier League pace merchants on his Chelsea debut, becoming the fastest player in the division so far this season.

The Ukrainian came on for the last 35 minutes of the goalless draw with Liverpool on Saturday and looked impressive on his first outing in English football.

The 22-year-old certainly looked extremely fast and the numbers proved that as he clocked a top speed of 22.76mph, beating Everton forward Anthony Gordon’s high speed of 22.74pmh, according to Opta.

The top five for pace this season in the Premier League is now completed by Liverpool’s Darwin Nunez (22.68mph), Manchester City’s Erling Haaland (22.50) and Chelsea’s Denis Zakaria (22.42).

After being dumped out of the FA Cup in the third round by Manchester City, Chelsea now have a break until their next Premier League outing at home to Fulham on 3 February.

Mudryk will hope to be involved from the start in that match after his £88m move from Shakhtar Dontesk, but Chelsea boss Graham Potter admits it will take a little time for him to settle in.

‘Mudryk hasn’t played since November so it would have been a risk to start him but he was very good coming on.

‘He’s only had two sessions with us and will get better the more he understands us and vice-versa. He can get supporters off their seats. His dribbling actions are high and knows where the goal is.

‘Our job is to help settling him into the country and the team. He and Joao Felix are top players.

‘Coaches don’t magically turn them into good players, it’s just about helping them fine-tune.’

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