Andy Townsend says where £120k-a-week Chelsea player must do better

'Got to do better': Andy Townsend says where £120k-a-week Chelsea player must improve in

Andy Townsend has said that Chelsea player Callum Hudson-Odoi desperately needs to improve his end product.

Hudson-Odoi, who earns £120,000-a-week, had a frustrating evening in Wednesday night’s 1-1 draw at home to Brighton in the Premier League.

The 21-year-old was guilty of blowing a great goalscoring opportunity when he elected to pass rather than shoot on a counter-attack and saw his attempt intercepted by a defender. Gus Poyet was very critical post-match with his analysis of the incident.

Hudson-Odoi’s had opportunities this season by making 19 appearances so far, scoring two goals and setting up four assists. However, they are below par numbers that don’t stack up to some of the top attackers in the game.

The English speedster has immense potential and deserves a lot of praise for the energy he injects to Chelsea when he plays, but the youngster is still lacking the final ball.

Townsend has stressed it’s the key area where Hudson-Odoi must get better.

“It’s the decision from Callum Husdon-Odoi. That’s that end product, that’s those key moments that he’s got to do better in,” Townsend told Amazon Prime (29 December).

“He’s worked hard Callum Hudson-Odoi. Just those big moments, those big decisions to make at the top of the field. If he can start getting them right, he can come on and develop that much quicker as a player.”

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Chelsea attacking misfiring right now

Yes, the Blues did recently beat Aston Villa 3-1. However, there are troubles right now in the top end of the pitch.

Romelu Lukaku’s return to form should go a long way to helping the attack who’ve been struggling of late.

Tuchel’s side have scored just three goals from open play in their last four league matches, which is frustrating for a team that often creates chances and dominates the ball.

Chelsea’s defence is rightly being put under the spotlight right now for uncharacteristic mistakes, but the attack continues to be an underlying issue that can’t seem to kill games off.

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Dom is a Chelsea supporter who has worked in online publishing for more than six years. Graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016, he now writes exclusively for The Chelsea Chronicle covering news, analysis and match coverage. He enjoys the dream position of writing about his boyhood club, which seems to be involved in more drama every single day than an episode of The Bill. Aside from his love for Chelsea, he supports and follows the England cricket team. He also fancies himself as the Sunday League version of Michael Essien.