Callum Hudson-Odoi impressed during pre-season and many Chelsea fans are demanding the youngster be given chances in the first team. Fan were angry after he failed to even make the bench for Chelsea’s 1-0 Europa League win over PAOK.
Chelsea assistant manager Gianfranco Zola revealed Hudson-Odoi and Ethan Ampadu are both in contention for Wednesday’s Carabao Cup clash with Liverpool at Anfield.
“Callum has done extremely well in pre-season, one of the players who impressed the most with Ethan Ampadu,” Zola told reporters.
“They’re two players with bright futures. They are both in contention tomorrow, in the squad, and we will see.
“We have a lot of players. We didn’t do a big pre-season, so these games can serve as a pre-season to give time for players like Christensen, Cahill, an opportunity to get games.
“Callum and Ethan are the future of this club and we are going to take care of them.”
Zola also urged Hudson-Odoi and Ampadu to be patient and make good use of their chances when they get to play.
“Don’t forget that, when we played the Community Shield, he was in ahead of players like Victor Moses. If he hasn’t got the consideration of the value, we wouldn’t have done that,” Zola added.
“He is the future. But he’s in a very competitive team. He has to be patient, wait for his opportunities and, when they come, take them in the best way.”