With space opening up in Chelsea’s squad following Cesc Fabregas’ move to AS Monaco, Maurizio Sarri has confirmed he is planning to look towards some of the squad’s more fringe players in the coming weeks.
And two of those players include youngsters Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ethan Ampadu with the Italian keen to get the duo involved, especially if certain transfers targets are not acquired this month.
“I don’t know what to answer because I am not in charge of the market,” Sarri was quoted saying by Goal when quizzed about his transfer plans for this month and Chelsea’s current squad options. “The bench is not very short. It has been left short in only one position at the moment because I think that Hudson-Odoi is improving.
“In one or two months he will be at the same level as the other players. I hope the same for Ampadu.”
While Sarri’s words on Hudson-Odoi and Ampadu — two individuals supporters are desperate to see make it at the club — are encouraging, it just seems like more of the same with previous Chelsea bosses having also said similar stuff only to cower away from giving the club’s youngsters genuine first-team opportunities.
In Sarri’s defence, he has started to give Hudson-Odoi more minutes of late, though it may not mean much with the 18-year-old seemingly intent on joining Bayern Munich.
And if he does end up joining the German giants, Sarri will only have himself to blame.
The time for talking is over; Sarri must now put his money where his mouth is and actually start giving Hudson-Odoi serious game time both in the Premier League and cup competitions.
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