Eden Hazard’s willingness to play as Chelsea’s lone striker bodes well for Callum Hudson-Odoi
When Chelsea’s team sheet came in for the game against Manchester City, it caused quite the stir.
Maurizio Sarri had decided to play without a recognised striker, and instead deployed Eden Hazard through the middle.
Hazard in the past has expressed his displeasure at playing through the middle, as he prefers to run from deep with the ball.
But the Belgian seemed content to hold the ball up and link the play in Chelsea’s 2-1 win against the Premier League champions.
And following Chelsea’s win, Hazard has suggested he could be willing to play as Chelsea’s lone striker.
As reported by the Express, he said: “I like it, because I played it last year also, so I know what to do, but the feeling is a bit strange because you don’t touch the ball a lot.
“You just need to focus on what you need to do and I tried to do my best, we won and that is what is important.”
If Sarri does decide to use Hazard in that central role, it could offer more opportunities to Callum Hudson-Odoi.
It would mean a spot on the wing would be freed up, and, although Willian and Pedro would start, Hudson-Odoi would be closer to the starting XI.
Hudson-Odoi’s played just 126 minutes so far this season, but could see that increase in the coming weeks.