Wesley Fofana has made an open claim about Kylian Mbappe and one of his Chelsea teammates.
Chelsea Online News:
According to Chelsea forward Wesley Fofana, Mykhaylo Mudryk is faster than PSG forward Kylian Mbappe. Since breaking through at Monaco, the latter has been praised for his speed, but the addition of quick thinking and technical skill has propelled him to the top of the world rankings.
Throughout his time at the French club Saint-Etienne, where he was tasked with containing the forward, Fofana has faced off against the 24-year-old. They haven’t played in a while, but based on reports of a prospective senior call-up to the France senior team, the two may soon be lining up next to one another.
While there is a possibility, after asserting that one of his fellow Chelsea players is faster, he could be able to reconsider the forward’s pace.
Mykhailo Mudryk, a January signing from Shakhtar Donetsk who cost a staggering £88.5 million, showed a lot of potential right away.
The Ukrainian international was challenged to identify which FIFA video game statistics were on his card as part of a challenge on the Chelsea YouTube channel. The host questioned Fofana if Mudryk was the fastest player he has faced when he stated he would have the best pace.
“Yeah,” replied the former Leicester City man, before Benoit Badiashile hit back with: “And Mbappe?” Fofana seemed adamant, hitting back with: “No chance [Mbappe is faster]. It’s finished.”
Given the comparisons to Mbappe that Mudryk received prior to his move, it should likely come as little surprise to some that this would be the case. Many people, including former Shakhtar Donetsk coach Mircea Lucescu, stated that there were obvious similarities.
“Mudryk is a copy of Mbappe,” Lucescu told reporter Emanuel Rosu back in January ahead of the switch. “It will be great to see him play at a higher stage than he is right now. His qualities and perspectives can’t be questioned.”
The young player’s ability to reach the standards that Mbappe has already set at such a young age is still up in the air, but if he can, the the Blues will have found a hidden gem.