On his full international debut, Callum Hudson-Odoi was one of England’s standout performers in their 5-1 win over Montenegro last night.
And after that display, which saw Hudson-Odoi set up his Chelsea team-mate Ross Barkley for his first goal of the game, ex-Blues striker Chris Sutton has since called for the 18-year-old to be given serious minutes at Stamford Bridge.
“How much more does Maurizio Sarri need to see from Callum Hudson-Odoi before starting him for Chelsea?,” Sutton wrote in a Daily Mail column.
“Watching him whip in those dangerous crosses, it was hard to believe he is yet to start a Premier League game. Gareth Southgate deserves credit for showing no fear in picking him.”
Considering Sarri’s current options at Chelsea, as Sutton alludes to, it is criminal that the Italian has made the decision not to gift Hudson-Odoi a starting place for the Blues in the Premier League.
In this moment of time, after Eden Hazard, he is quite clearly Chelsea’s most dangerous winger.
Compared to Willian and Pedro, he is much more direct and unpredictable with his dribbling.
The England international always looks to carry the ball forwards and is capable of beating his full-back on either side.
As well as that, he is a superior crosser to his two Chelsea team-mates, while he also has the tools to develop into a better goalscorer than the duo.
To put things into perspective, Willian has only found the back of the net on three occasions in the Premier League for the west London club this season.
Based on the appearances he has made in the current campaign, it is hard to imagine Hudson-Odoi not having a better goal return had he been given the same sort of minutes as the Brazilian.
Be it the words of Sutton, Gareth Southgate or Chelsea supporters, it is time for Sarri to finally listen to what is being said about Hudson-Odoi and act on it.
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