Frank Lampard has been delighted with the improvement of Callum Hudson-Odoi, owing to his positive approach in Chelsea training.
Hudson-Odoi scored and assisted on what was his seventh start during the FA Cup win over Morecambe on Sunday. He has now contributed to a goal in nearly half his appearances this campaign, with his performances continuing to receive plaudits.
There is now a growing clamour for Lampard to start the 20-year-old more frequently, with the manager paying homage to his hard-work away from matchdays.
“Callum is improving and improving, yet there is also much more to come,” the Chelsea boss admitted after the Morecambe victory (via Football.london).
“I think his application in training, his desire to look at his game, is great. And his goal today was a fantastic example of someone breaking the lines and ending up where a striker would be. That is what modern-day wingers have to do.”
Hudson-Odoi has been largely limited so far to action in cup competitions, alongside a sprinkling of minutes in the Champions League, playing a full-90 just once in the Premier League. The forward does face competition in his particular position, and Lampard was quick to confirm that the youngster cannot be selected every week.
“In this team we have three natural wingers and another who can play in that position [Werner]. At times I am going to have to make selection decisions and sometimes Callum will be in, and other times he won’t be,” he added.
However, he was completely complimentary of Hudson-Odoi’s hot streak, suggesting another level to his already high-rise talent.
“Right now, he’s assisting, scoring goals and that is making me really happy. There has been an uplift from Callum and there are more gears for him to go up.
“When he is playing like he’s playing, it’s good to expect more from him.”
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I’m not sure how Lampard can avoid playing Hudson-Odoi from the off in Chelsea’s next fixture, as he’s arguably the most inform player at the club.
Maybe we shouldn’t make too much of his display against Morecambe, yet his contributions in the defeats to Manchester City and Arsenal should be cause for excitement.
A classical winger in the sense he can beat a man, but also a modern-day version who can score goals, I want to see him as a regular on the Blues flanks.