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Should You Buy Mhykhailo Mudryk in FPL?

In possibly the most talked about transfer saga of the January transfer window, Chelsea managed to steal the services of Mhykailo Mudryk away from rivals Arsenal.

There are big expectations of him with the deal costing around £88 million.

Coming in at a reasonable price of £7.0m, FPL managers will be looking at bringing him straight into their sides.

It is particularly intriguing given that he comes in at a lower price than several underperforming midfielders such as Jarrod Bowen, Mason Mount, and Antony.

This is the 22-year-old’s first taste of action in one of Europe’s top leagues.

Goal Record

As is always the case in FPL, it is important to take into consideration where the points will come from.

Mudryk has played in 18 games for Shakhtar Donetsk so far this season and he has managed 10 goals in this time.

Averaging more than 0.5 goals per game, Mudryk has also provided 9 assists meaning he has more than one goal contribution per game.

These stats come from both the Premier League in Ukraine and the Champions League where Shakhtar found themselves in a tough group with Real Madrid and RB Leipzig.

It is hard to compare the Ukrainian League and the English Premier League in terms of quality but the experience of European football could prove vital in his adaptation.

Starting 21 out of a possible 24 games for club and country this season, Mudryk has been deployed mainly from the left wing but has also played a central role at times.

Will Mudryk start?

After signing on Sunday, the Ukrainian will have a full week of training under his belt heading into GW21.

Seeing how quickly Chelsea threw Joao Felix into the starting line-up, it would be no surprise to see history repeat itself.

Chelsea have won only 2 of their last 5 league games and find themselves in 10th place in the Premier League. They could really do with a creative spark to lift the fans if nothing else.

The aforementioned Felix briefly lifted the spirits during his short cameo against Fulham before getting sent off and ruling himself out for a number of weeks.

Raheem Sterling and Christian Pulisic are both currently unavailable through injury which means left-sided options are thin on the ground for Graham Potter.

Potter has been changing the system to try and get the balance right so it does depend on what he looks to do.

GW21 sees Chelsea travel to Anfield and this could see the Chelsea boss revert to a safer 5 at the back formation.

This would leave fewer attacking positions open and may see Mudryk miss out.

Our Premier League line-up predictor gives the new man a 60% chance of starting the next game against Liverpool.

Buy Now or Wait?

Chelsea travel to Liverpool in GW21. Therefore, there’s no rush to transfer him right away.

With Liverpool having the home advantage, it may make sense to hold off on the signing of Mudryk for one week.

Both sides have been really poor and are in desperate need of a win to appease furious fans.

While Anfield isn’t an ideal debut, Trent Alexander-Arnold has been in poor form this season and would be one on one with Mudryk should he start.

The fixtures following are slightly more favourable on paper as Chelsea face Fulham (H) and West Ham (a).

It is a gamble but it could make a difference if Mudryk shines on his debut and everyone scrambles to bring him in for GW22.