Anton Ferdinand suggested that Thomas Tuchel’s recent treatment of Callum Hudson-Odoi highlights his interpersonal skills as the Chelsea coach.
Speaking on his brother’s YouTube channel, Anton praised the approach Tuchel has taken to reintroducing Hudson-Odoi into the team.
The 20-year-old started his third Premier League game of the season last weekend at home to Norwich City.
Before the 7-0 humiliation of Daniel Farke’s side, the former England international had only made three appearances in the top flight since mid-May.
Hudson-Odoi repaid Tuchel’s trust by scoring Chelsea’s second of the afternoon.
He will now hope for a similar restoration that plenty of his teammates have undergone since Frank Lampard departed in January.
A trait of Tuchel’s reign has been his ability to recover players from the frozen wastelands and keep them warm.
Andreas Christensen, Marcos Alonso, Antonio Rudiger and Cesar Azpilicueta have all heavily benefitted from the German’s arrival.
“They’ve got a manager in Tuchel who’s technically, tactically aware. He doesn’t leave any stone unturned,” said Ferdinand.
“He can look at something and change; I think it’s fantastic.
“Look at Hudson-Odoi, who’s been out in the cold for many, many weeks.
“Comes in and scores two (only one against Norwich). It’s fantastic.
“That tells you his man-management is on point because you’ve got a player who’s been out in the cold, who’s brought back into the fold, and he’s playing for him.
“I think that’s the difference between a lot of the top teams.”
Carry on, Callum
Time will tell if Tuchel’s trick with Hudson-Odoi is a long-term project or a flash in the pan.
Chelsea fans as a whole must be praying for the latter.
They’ve been waiting for their academy star to explode back into life ever since he ruptured his Achilles Tendon two years ago.
He has since shown glimpses of the attacker that shone under Maurizio Sarri as a teenager.
But Hudson-Odoi cannot afford to be a mere compilation of the occasional goal and the odd step over.
If his career is to reignite, he must continue to contribute on a regular basis