With everyone cooped up inside and no football matches to watch, it’s no wonder that the rumor mill has been churning out a lot of news for the past couple weeks. Right now, though, I’m going to steer clear of some of the bigger, more Italian names that Roma’s been linked to, including Gaetano Castrovilli, Stephan El Shaarawy, and Giacomo Bonaventura. Instead, I’m going to bring up a name that fits in with the profile of a particular type of buy more secure managers get to make: the familiar face from a previous club. The name connected to Roma isn’t one of Shakhtar’s Brazilian imports, however; it’s a home-grown Ukrainian.
Mykhailo Mudryk, or ?????? ??????? ???????? for you Ukrainian-speakers out there, is the first player born in this millennium to play for Shakhtar Donetsk. Mudryk primarily plays on the left wing for Shakhtar, but he has enough comfort with both feet to work successfully on the left, the right, or even in a central role. After looking over what little video there is of Mudryk, I’d say that Mudryk could be compared to a younger Diego Perotti with more pace. He’s not inclined to score as much as assist, which could be the perfect counter-balance in attack to Nicolo Zaniolo and Edin Džeko’s long-term replacement, whoever that may be.
Admittedly, Mudryk hasn’t had much of a chance to light up the Ukrainian Premier League just yet given his age and the COVID-19 outbreak. Despite that, it should be noted that Paulo Fonseca showed interest in helping the Ukrainian U-21 player develop while he was managing Shakhtar. Roma’s current manager brought Mudryk into first team training, gave him his first cup appearance, and started him for the first time in a friendly.