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Maurizio Sarri: Callum Hudson-Odoi likely to start in ’75 to 80 per cent’ of Chelsea’s games in the near future


Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has this afternoon confirmed his intention to introduce Callum Hudson-Odoi to his starting line-up on a consistent basis in the near future.

Chelsea prodigy

The emergence of 18-year-old winger Hudson-Odoi has marked one of English football’s biggest stories to this point in the campaign.

The explosive wide-man made his Chelsea bow under Antonio Conte last January, before going on to establish himself as a regular fixture in the squad of current Blues’ boss Maurizio Sarri this season.

All told, Hudson-Odoi has racked up 17 appearances across all competitions.

And, despite just 6 of these having come as starts, the English starlet has left a lasting impression, to say the least.

Hudson-Odoi has racked up 5 goals and 2 assists, with the gifted teen’s combination of pace, flair, technical ability and eye for goal having seen him already manage to establish himself as a firm fan-favourite at Stamford Bridge.

In fact, so impressive has Hudson-Odoi been when given the opportunity to impress this season, that he was last week handed his senior international debut by Gareth Southgate:


‘Why isn’t he playing?’

And Hudson-Odoi’s England bow has since only led to further calls for the Chelsea youth product to be rewarded with more consistent playing-time at club level.

Former Three Lions international Ian Wright had the following to say on the back England’s victory over the Czech Republic:

‘When we watched him in the Under-17s when they won the World Cup, he was one of the outstanding players.’

‘I think that listening to Gareth Southgate about he’s ready and how impressive he’s been and he’s got no problem bringing him in, he looks like an international. I thought: ‘That’s a message. That’s a message back saying how is this guy not playing?’.’

Callum Hudson-Odoi

Callum Hudson-Odoi during the 2020 UEFA European Championships Group A qualifying match between England and Czech Republic. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

‘A message back to Chelsea. A message back to the manager of Chelsea.’

‘You look at him and he’s ready to go. Bayern Munich are showing that he’s ready to go. Why isn’t he playing?’

’75 to 80 per cent’

As such, Maurizio Sarri was this afternoon questioned on the mounting pressure to hand his side’s crown jewel a regular starting-berth moving forward, with the Chelsea boss’ response no doubt set to come as music to the ears of Blues’ fans.

Speaking in a press conference, Sarri confirmed that, in the very near future, Hudson-Odoi is set to start in three quarters or more of Chelsea’s fixtures:


The Italian tactician also added:


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