Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi is regarded as one of the finest talents to emerge from Chelsea’s academy in many years, but the 18-year-old’s path to the first team is blocked by the likes of Eden Hazard, Willian and Pedro.
Hudson-Odoi is yet to feature in the Premier League this season and has only got some minutes playing as a substitute in the Premier League, with Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri yet to hand him his first start of the season.
Hudson-Odoi caught the attention with a number of impressive performances in pre-season and was Chelsea’s best player during pre-season, but he hasn’t been given the opportunity to show what he can do at the top level.
The youngster will be hoping for a start after being named in Sarri’s 18-man squad for the Europa League clash against PAOK, and Sarri has revealed that the youngster has to improve.
Asked about Hudson-Odoi’s lack of opportunities ahead of Chelsea’s clash with PAOK, Sarri replied: “He has to improve and I think he has to improve a lot.
“First of all in the defensive phase, he has to work, he has to improve on the offensive phase, he’s very good in 1v1 [situations] but he has to learn to move without the ball.
“Potentially, he’s a very, very good play, but now he has to study, now he has to work, it’s normal, he’s 18.
“I want to find space for him. At the moment it’s not easy for him because we have 28 players, it’s not easy to put him in the starting XI because maybe on the bench there is Moses, or Pedro.
“So it’s difficult not to put these type of players in the starting XI on Wednesday or Thursday. But I will try, I will try. He’s in the 18 players for the match [with PAOK], I don’t know if he will start or not.”