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Shakhtar’s newest star

For years, Shakhtar Donetsk have been one of the most successful football talent factories in Europe. Fernandinho, Willian, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and Oleksander Zinchenko are some players who came out of the system.

The club has been known for having an excellent scouting network and youth teams that have enabled them to churn out talent regularly. The peak of their youth academy was the 2014-15 season when they reached the final of the UEFA Youth League.

While the situation in Ukraine has forced Shakhtar to play away from home, they have witnessed no dip in the form, whether it’s in the league or the youth system. 

And the latest talent to come out is Mykhaylo Mudryk. Before joining Shakhtar Donetsk, the 21-year-old has been part of the Metalist Kharkiv and the Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk youth academy.

Who is Mykhaylo Mudryk?

The 21-year-old is a skilled player that can play anywhere across the front line but prefers the left-wing. Mudryk is a perfect player for teams that love to play an attacking style of football. He can score goals, but his speciality lies in assists. He can find that killer pass that can split open defences. In addition, he can also use his skill and pace to get past defenders.

Mudryk was born in Krasnohrad, situated in Kharkiv province in Eastern Ukraine and took to football from an early age. At the age of 16, he joined the Shakhtar academy.

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Mykhaylo Mudryk potential 

Shakhtar had known early in his development that Mudryk was filled with potential. And as he swiftly rose through the youth system he was promoted to the senior team in 2018. And then, he was immediately sent on loan to other clubs to ensure that his development did not stall due to limited minutes at Shakhtar.

He made 20 appearances when he was on loan to Arsenal Kyiv and Desna Chernihiv.

While he is still far from the finished product, the signs are that he is a quick learner, which will help sort out his game’s weaknesses.

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Mykhaylo Mudryk Stats 

The 2021–22 season has been his best in his senior career so far, where he has scored two goals and provided nine assists in 19 matches. His brilliant performances are the reason that the club are currently top of the table.

Last season, he averaged 4.8 progressive passes per season, one of the highest in his team. He also attempts more than ten dribbles per 90 minutes and has a success rate of over 50 per cent, good enough for a player his age.

 

Skills and style of play 

Though he is still far from a finished product, Mykhaylo Mudryk’s style is similar to Neymar’s at PSG. Like Neymar, he loves to dribble and use his pace and skill to get past defenders. In addition, he also likes to exploit the width of the pitch.

As a result, you will often find him getting on the byline with the ball. And due to his skilled crossing, he offers a double threat as defenders are unsure whether he will cross the ball or dribble it. 

One of his major weaknesses is shooting. And though most of his shots are from positions with low xG, he is also not a great player in the box. 

However, if he keeps improving his creative output, even a marginal improvement in his shooting will make him a lethal attacker.

 

Future at Shakhtar Donetsk 

Mykhaylo Mudryk will leave the club this season with a move to Bayer Leverkusen, all but confirmed. The Ukrainian, in an interview, had confirmed that he would like to join the German club. Brentford also wanted the player, but Mudryk has made his intentions clear that he wants to play in the Champions League football, which he would get at Leverkusen.

He would also be quite handy for Leverkusen, who doesn’t have a player that is an outright starter on the left-wing. 

And Leverkusen have a brilliant track record for developing young players, especially attackers.

While Mudryk might still be a player with huge potential, he has all the tools to elevate him to the top level of football.

Saumy Deepak Tripathi
A Bayern Munich fan who is deeply in love with football statistics. Has a soft spot for goalkeepers! (well only he knows why). You’ll find him vibing on 70’s classic songs and spends an abnormal amount of time cooking.

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