A few weeks ago, it was Chelsea’s time to make Tottenham look foolish, with the Blues overcoming the Lilywhites against all the odds. Whilst Chelsea had previously been dealing with a poor run of form, they took the game to Mauricio Pochettino’s men, and they were good value for their 2-0 win.
However, since then, it’s been all downhill in the Premier League for the Blues, and it’s fair to say that there’s a real disconnect between the fans and the club at present.
That disconnect is particularly prevalent in the context of Chelsea’s Academy, with the Blues not making use of young players like Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ethan Ampadu. At times, given Chelsea’s struggles, the Blues have been made to look foolish as a result, especially given the mixed form of players like Pedro and Willian, and Tottenham man Harry Kane’s latest comment only reaffirms that sentiment.
Speaking about Callum Hudson-Odoi’s promotion to the England senior team, Kane said: “He’s come in and wants to take full advantage of his opportunity. He looked like he was enjoying himself out there today, scoring a few goals in training.”
He continued: “We are excited to have him. Everyone is fighting for places in this England team and I’m sure he sees this as an opportunity for himself.”
So, looking beyond the most obvious point, which is the fact that Hudson-Odoi has been deemed good enough for the England national team but not good enough to start a single league game for Chelsea this season, it’s clear that Kane is appreciative of Hudson-Odoi’s presence.
This isn’t surprising, given that Mauricio Pochettino has had a good attitude to young players at Spurs. He’s been quick to promote them and give them a chance, and Kane clearly feeds off of that. That’s had a hugely positive impact at Tottenham, with young players like Harry Winks forcing their way into the first team.
It seems to be a foreign theory to Maurizio Sarri, but it looks like having competition for places and new players vying for opportunity is actually good for the mood and psyche of top first team talents.
Instead of being scared of the opportunity, Kane has intimated that the England players are eager for Hudson-Odoi to show what he can do, and that’s a testament to the winger’s ability, but also the impact that he could still be having at Chelsea.
After all, having not really featured enough for Chelsea this season, it’s clear that Maurizio Sarri doesn’t value Hudson-Odoi in the same way that the England camp does. And that doesn’t make sense. It’s strange because, as the Blues have seen with Emerson Palmieri and Marcos Alonso, competition for places is a good thing. But until Hudson-Odoi starts Premier League games, Pedro and Willian will recognise that they’re always going to feature practically every week.
The point here, then, is that Kane’s comments make Chelsea look foolish. The Blues seemingly don’t recognise the talent of the young attacker, and whilst England are already reaping the rewards of giving him a major chance, and Tottenham are also doing the same with their young players, Chelsea have been left to regress.
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