Lampard says Hudson-Odoi could have big part to play this season but demands more impact
Frank Lampard has assured that Callum Hudson-Odoi could have a role to play this season despite competition with Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech.
The 19-year-old has yet to start a Premier League game this season even with wing pair Pulisic and Ziyech out due to a hamstring and a knee injury, respectively.
His failure to impress in the 6-0 Carabao Cup win over Barnsley did not really help his case but he certainly made it up with a superb display from the bench in the thrilling draw against West Brom on Saturday.
Having come on at half-time, the teenager grabbed his first goal of the season after a brilliant combination play with new teammate Kai Havertz.
Lampard wants to see more impactful displays from Hudson-Odoi, as he sends a clear message about the England international’s potential role this season.
He told the media on Tuesday afternoon’s press conference (via Chelsea’s official website): “With Callum, I certainly hope he has a big part to play this season.
“When you talk about Ziyech and Pulisic, we’re not inundated with wingers because we lost Pedro and Willian in the summer and we need competition.
“If Callum comes on and makes an impact like he did at West Brom and keeps improving every day, he’s a huge talent, so let’s see.”
Fortunately for Hudson-Odoi, he would likely have another opportunity to impress tomorrow (Tuesday).
Lampard confirmed both Pulisic and Ziyech are still in their recovery stage and will not feature against Tottenham Hotspur for the Carabao Cup fourth-round tie, and it potentially leaves two slots open for Hudson-Odoi.