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Leeds: Dean Jones drops Mykhaylo Mudryk update

Leeds United have as “good a chance as anyone” of bringing Mykhaylo Mudryk to the Premier League.

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That’s according to Dean Jones, with the transfer insider revealing in a recent interview with This Is Futbol that, following recent reports claiming that Leeds are one of a number of Premier League clubs keeping an eye on the 21-year-old, Victor Orta has as a good a chance as anyone of convincing the Shakhtar Donetsk winger of a move to England.

Regarding the Whites’ interest in the forward, Jones said: “Leeds have probably got as good a chance as anyone of convincing him that it’s a good place for him to land and show everybody what he’s capable of in the Premier League.”

Raphinha 2.0

Considering just how exciting a talent Mudryk undoubtedly is, the vast majority of the Elland Road faithful will likely accept that, should Leeds be successful in convincing the youngster of a move to LS11, he would almost certainly treat the Whites as a stepping stone in his quest for a move to a bigger club further down the line.

After bursting onto the Shakhtar scene over his 11 Premier Liga appearances – only seven of which came as starts – last season, scoring two goals and registering seven assists – averaging a direct goal involvement every 69.9 minutes – the winger has once again been in exceptional form so far in 2022/23.

Over his four league fixtures this term, the £13.5m-rated talent has already provided his teammates with a sensational four assists, however, it has undoubtedly been his remarkable displays in the Champions League that will have most caught the eye of eager-eyed onlookers.

Indeed, over his two appearances in Europe’s most prestigious club competition, Mudryk has scored two goals – one against RB Leipzig and one against Celtic – registered two assists and created one big chance for his teammates, in addition to making an average of one key pass, taking one shot and completing two dribbles per game.

These returns have seen the €50m (£43.5m) 21-year-old average a simply breathtaking SofaScore match rating of 7.5, not only ranking him as Shakhtar’s second-best performer in the tournament but also as the joint 43rd-best player in the Champions League as a whole.

Furthermore, following his performance against Leipzig, journalist Jack Collins could not speak highly enough of the attacker, stating in a post on Twitter:

“Mykhaylo Mudryk is absolutely unreal. A goal and two assists, sure, but his explosiveness in small bursts is almost undefendable and his ability to keep the ball tethered to his foot, even at full speed, is Bernardo-esque. He’s going to be a star.”

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However, while Collins compares the Ukraine international to Bernardo Silva, it could be argued that the journalist’s description of Mudryk better matches up to Raphinha – the Brazilian flanker who scored 17 goals and provided 12 assists over 67 appearances for Leeds following his £17m move from Stade Rennais in October 2020.

Indeed, with Barcelona’s £55m summer signing also being incredibly explosive, often undefendable and possessing exceptional close control of the ball when running at speed, should Orta manage to fight off the competition for the 21-year-old, Mudryk could well be the Spaniard’s next Raphina-esque signing – something that is sure to excite everyone involved with the club.