Maurizio Sarri has confirmed that he sees Callum Hudson-Odoi as a genuine selection option for his forward line this season, report Football London.
Hudson-Odoi threatened to force his way into Antonio Conte’s thinking last season, but the Italian found himself scrapping for every available point, neglecting all of our younger players in the process.
The Englishman had to remain patience to be given a chance to impress with the first-team. Maurizio Sarri’s arrival left the door ajar for Hudson-Odoi to take advantage – and he did.
Though the 17-year-old has not started a Premier League game so far this season, the amount of minutes he was provided with by Sarri during pre-season, and in the Community Shield, is testament to the faith our manager has in him.
Hudson-Odoi in action against Man City at Wembley. (IAN KINGTON/AFP/Getty Images)
Sarri has confirmed said faith, and in doing so insinuated that Hudson-Odoi will be provided with further chances further down the line. Speaking following our victory over Bournemouth, Sarri is quoted by Football London saying:
“Pedro is a great player and it is normal for him to score but I am really very lucky because Hazard, Pedro, Moses and Willian in the same position.”
“That’s very lucky and I don’t want to forget Hudson-Odoi.”
If Sarri is prepared to level the playing field between the senior first-team players and those produced by our academy, it’s excellent news for those currently coming up through the ranks.
We imagine that Hudson-Odoi will benefit from Chelsea’s straightforward Europa League group. Even if the quality of opposition will not be as strong as it could be, gaining experience of European football at such a young age could prove to be invaluable.