Frank Lampard has insisted that Chelsea’s rising star Callum Hudson-Odoi will only get better and explained he’s still at the beginning of his career.
The 19-year-old is viewed by many as the best talent to come out of the academy in the past decade, but he’s been left behind by some of his teammates this season.
Academy graduates such as Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, Reece James and Fikayo Tomori have all forced their way into the Blues first-team this season to play important roles.
Hudson-Odoi was in the senior squad during the second half of last season with former boss Maurizio Sarri, but unfortunately picked up an injury near the end of the campaign and had to recover over the summer.
The rapid winger has been used cautiously so far by Lampard and he’s yet to really hit top gear like many know he can.
He has played only 13 games across all competitions this season, scoring one goal and supplying four assists.
Despite the fact Hudson-Odoi’s last league start was in October, Lampard has spoken about his faith in him and given some encouraging comments.
“I think his best is to come because he’s just turned 19 so he’s in the real early stages of his development and coming back from a very serious injury,” Lampard said, as quoted by the club’s official Youtube account.
“We’ve got competition in wide areas and he’s going to get better and better. He has to apply himself in training every day, he has to show when he comes on for periods of games what he can do.
“We have to be a little bit steady with Callum because of his age and also the injury he’s gone through.”
Hudson-Odoi has had to be patient at Stamford Bridge, but there is no reason why December can’t be a huge month for him.
The English attacker is surely going to get more minutes due to the busy fixture load and he has the individual quality to dazzle when he steps onto the pitch.
Christian Pulisic bided his time perfectly in the opening months and he’s become a regular starter after he seized his opportunity when it came around, something that Hudson-Odoi has to try emulate.