After a slow start to the season, Callum Hudson-Odoi’s playing time has really increased over the past couple of weeks.

He is yet to feature in the Premier League, but Maurizio Sarri clearly trusts him enough to play in the Europa League.

Hudson-Odoi made his first start of the season in Chelsea’s 4-0 hammering of PAOK a few weeks ago – a game in which he scored and got an assist.

And yesterday he played the full 90 minutes against MOL Vidi as Chelsea scrapped to a 2-2 draw.

Vidi FC v Chelsea FC - UEFA Europa League - Group L
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Hudson-Odoi started the game on the right-hand side and often looked uncomfortable.

But in the second half, Sarri moved him to the left and brought on Pedro for Willian to play on the right.

As a result, the England Under-19 winger looked much more comfortable and constantly threatened Vidi’s defence.

His pace and close control often brought fouls, and his ability to breeze past players often resembles Eden Hazard’s.

2018 UEFA Europa League Football MOL Vidi FC v Chelsea Dec 13th
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With Willian struggling for form – although he did score a good free-kick yesterday – could Hudson-Odoi start on Sunday?

Brighton are Chelsea’s opponents and Sunday, and have only lost once at the Amex Stadium all season.

However, in a tight game where pace may be rewarded, Hudson-Odoi’s speed could make the difference.

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