Whilst many fans have been calling for Callum Hudson-Odoi to see more playing time, it looks unlikely under Maurizio Sarri.
Although he had a good preseason under the new manager, the England Under-19 player doesn’t look like he’s part of Sarri’s plans.
But John Terry’s appointment as Aston Villa’s assistant manager yesterday could offer Hudson-Odoi a way out.
Villa have been linked with Hudson-Odoi’s signature in the January window, and those links have only strengthened.
Tammy Abraham is already plying his trade at Villa Park on loan from Chelsea so would be a familiar face for Hudson-Odoi.
And whilst Aston Villa have lots of talent on their books, they are still lacking in quality wingers.
Yannick Bolasie, Albert Adomah and Anwar El Ghazi are all there but have flattered to deceive.
Therefore, Hudson-Odoi could find a spot there if he was to join in January, and that would help his development.
Although he’s been playing for the Under-23’s, Hudson-Odoi needs competitive football to grow as a footballer.
And he should look to fellow academy player, Mason Mount, for inspiration.
Mount followed former Blues Frank Lampard and Jody Morris to Derby County and has flourished.
His performances have earned himself a call-up to the England senior side, with many tipping him to play for Chelsea’s first-team next season.
For Hudson-Odoi to achieve something of that nature, he’ll have to play regular football, so should follow Terry to Villa.