HUDSON-ODOI NOT FULLY READY FOR CHELSEA FIRST TEAM, SAYS CHELSEA YOUTH COACH

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Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi scored two and created another as Chelsea beat Arsenal 4-0 at the Emirates Stadium to win 7-1 on aggregate and end the season as FA Youth Cup champions for the fifth time in a row.

Antonio Conte has used the 17-year-old as a substitute twice in the Premier League and twice in the FA Cup, and many Chelsea fans believe the youngster has the potential to play for the Chelsea senior team.

However, Chelsea under-18s coach Jody Morris said the academy star is not the finished article after the forward inspired his side to a fifth consecutive FA Youth Cup triumph on Monday.

Morris said: “He’s still got a lot to do. He’ll get a lot of plaudits because he showed in glimpses that he’s got real, real quality, but he also showed in other glimpses that he needs to mature, to follow instructions.

“He’s got a lot to learn — so have the other players — but he’s certainly got a chance if he keeps his feet on the ground and matures properly, because there’s a young kid there that has got a fantastic amount of talent.

“No one wants to see him succeed more than me. I love what I see him do with a football at times, but you also want to shake him at times.”

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