Chelsea manager Frank Lampard singled out Callum Hudson-Odoi on Tuesday after he starred in a Champions League victory in France.
Despite enduring some difficult moments at times, the Blues were 2-1 victors away to Ligue 1 outfit Rennes and as a result they’ve qualified for the last-16 of the Champions League.
Olivier Giroud came off the bench to score a 91st minute winner, as he rose highest to fire in a header after Timo Werner’s effort had been saved.
Earlier on Hudson-Odoi had put Chelsea in front and he delivered a composed finish past the goalkeeper after being played through on goal by teammate Mason Mount.
Lampard gave a glowing verdict on Hudson-Odoi for his Champions League display, as he sent out a message after being recalled to the starting XI.
“He is still a developing player to a degree. [For his goal] the bit of quality he shows with the first two touches before he gets the shot away is top class, I know he can do that,” Lampard told BT Sport 3 (8:15pm, 24 November).
“There are loads of great things about Callum and there are things he can improve in his game and he knows that. He’s a big player for Chelsea, he’s [got] a big future with us. I’m delighted for him, his all round game today on and off the ball was fantastic and he gets his goal.”
Despite possessing serious individual talent, Chelsea’s academy graduate Hudson-Odoi hasn’t been a regular so far this campaign and has had to try impress off the bench on several occasions.
But the speedster looked back to his very best at stages against Rennes and had real confidence in possession.
The English attacker was given a role on the right wing and put in some excellent crosses and scored his goal, plus he was mature in his defensive work tracking back.
He was substituted off in the 75th minute by the manager, which perhaps may be an indication that he could play a role this weekend in the Premier League showdown with Tottenham.