Chelsea play tonight at home to Aston Villa in the third round of the Carabao Cup, which is the perfect opportunity for the likes of Callum Hudson-Odoi to get minutes in their legs.
This midweek cup fixture is sandwiched in-between two gigantic Premier League games.
First of all, the Blues dispatched of Tottenham on Sunday in impressive fashion to earn three points in a 3-0 away win. Secondly, they welcome reigning league champions Manchester City to Stamford Bridge this Saturday.
Blues manager Thomas Tuchel should have one eye on the Man City game when selecting his cup team on Wednesday night. Also, he’s got one of the strongest squads in Europe, so he can rotate freely but still name a formidable XI.
One man that needs to come into the frame is Hudson-Odoi.
The 20-year-old has featured in just one of the opening five Premier League games this season, which was a start in a victory against tonight’s opponents Villa.
Hudson-Odoi needs to play in attack
We at The Chelsea Chronicle predict Tuchel may end up starting Hudson-Odoi tonight at right wing-back.
The £120,000-a-week English speedster has shown versatility to drop in as cover at wing-back, but there is no way it’s his best or most natural position. Hopefully, Tuchel opts to use him further up the pitch.
Hudson-Odoi made a name for himself in the academy at Cobham as an exciting wide player and his best assets are dribbling at defenders with pace, precision and trickery.
His game is limited to a certain extent as a wing-back, so surely he wants to play further up the pitch.
Tuchel has previously described him as “fantastic”, but he seems a long way off breaking into the best XI.
If he can get a few games as a forward player, perhaps fans can see the very best of him because he’s still got massive potential. Aged 20, there is still much more to come from him. However, he may have hoped to developed further after 100 first-team appearances for Chelsea.
This cup tie with Villa should be a chance for Hudson-Odoi to show what he’s made of.
He should be selected in one of the two attacking positions behind the striker, so he’d get the option to roam over as a left-winger where he’s most effective.
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