Journalist Charles Watts has revealed his excitement over Mykhaylo Mudryk and linked his potential arrival to that of an Arsenal cult hero.
Mudryk has been heavily linked with a move to Arsenal, with The Athletic reporting that he is the Gunners’ priority signing in the January window.
The 21-year-old has been incredible for Shakhtar Donetsk this campaign, with him scoring three and assisting two in the Champions League group stage, while he’s also clocked up seven goals and six assists in just 12 Ukrainian top-flight matches, with Shakhtar currently second in the league.
That is not only this season he has caught the eye, as he registered two goals and seven assists in just 11 Premier Liga games last term before the league was halted, with Shakhtar top of the table.
It was a breakout performance in the Champions League group stage earlier this season against Real Madrid when he first caught the eye of Watts, who revealed on his YouTube channel how impressed he was.
Watts said: “Immediately, he caught your eye – his ability to run with the ball, his low centre of gravity, his pace, his movement, his dribbling ability – everything about it you just thought wow, who is this kid?
“Every time I’ve seen him since then, he’s just always caught the eye again and he’s really matured in the last couple of seasons.
“It absolutely feels like the time is right for him to move.
“The more you watch Mudryk, you just think he is a special talent, a real player.
“He could be like the Jose Antonio Reyes-type signing in the 03/04 season that kicked Arsenal on and just gave them that extra little bit of quality in the second half of the season when needed to step up and score goals.”
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Certainly, Mudryk is showing his quality in his homeland which garnered him high praise from Watts, who believes he’s got the edge to push Arsenal toward the title in the same vein Jose Antonio Reyes did.
The Spaniard joined the Gunners for £17m in January 2004 from Sevilla before starting seven league games over the second half of the league campaign. He only scored twice in the Premier League but were game-changing involvements that twice preserved Arsenal’s run to becoming invincible.
Mudryk would forever write himself into Arsenal’s history books if he arrives to the same success as Reyes, and with Gabriel Jesus out injured, he could yet have an instant impact in north London should a deal come to fruition soon.