Despite Callum Hudson-Odoi being a major favourite with a large chunk of the Chelsea fanbase, the opening two games of the Premier League season are an indication that he could face an uphill task for regular minutes moving forward.
The 19-year-old is a talented individual to graduate from the Blues academy to become a regular in the first-team squad and he’s played 62 senior games so far at Stamford Bridge.
He will know he’s not going to be a nailed-on starter due to the quality in the squad and the impressive transfer window, but it seemed like the perfect opening at the start of this campaign for him.
The English winger is one of the options in the squad to provide real pace and quality out wide, so it seemed a no-brainer that manager Frank Lampard would use him in the early weeks due to having an injury-hit squad.
Chelsea have been without both Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech for the opening two league games of the season, which many suspect to be the two regular starters on either flank in a best XI.
But Hudson-Odoi was only given a 10-minute cameo in the opening day 3-1 win over Brighton, while during the 2-0 defeat to Liverpool on Sunday he was an unused substitute.
The speed machine has been unable to get his chances while the team are without two of their senior wingers and it must be a real blow for him.
Versatile attacking midfielders Mason Mount and Ruben Loftus-Cheek have covered the wide left position, while summer signing Kai Havertz has operated from the right.
Hudson-Odoi will surely get some minutes in midweek in the Carabao Cup fixture at home to Barnsley and it’s imperative the attacker makes the most of any minutes in action to impress.
It’s still early in the season and Lampard has publicly praised his quality in the past, but the fact he’s been overlooked in the past two games is a concern for the rest of the season.