Callum Hudson-Odoi ran the show in Chelsea’s 2-0 win against Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup third round clash.
Fresh off a return from injury, the 18-year-old who has been linked with a move to Bayern Munich was just too hot to handle for Forest defenders, and the winger who was direct in his play assisted the two goals scored by Alvaro Morata.
Besides his assists, the teenager was hardworking and full of energy and he did his defensive duties to the delight of the manager.
Carlo Cudicini took charge of the team’s press conference after the game against Forest, and he admitted that Hudson-Odoi had a good all-round game.
Cudicini told the press: “He did very well, it was a very good performance, as we say in Monaco a 360 performance. Two assists and he worked very hard defensively. Even when we had a few problems in midfield with Ampadu, he was running for two.
“His commitment was great and you want him to have performances like that so he can put some doubts in Maurizio’s mind and be in contention for a place.”
Bayern Munich have strong interest in the 18-year-old and have recently seen a bid of £20m rejected for the highly-rated teenager, and reports claim the German side have submitted a third bid of £30m for the 18-year-old.
Gianfranco Zola who took the pre-match press conference urged Hudson-Odoi to be patient and bid his and not get carried away with the interest of Bayern Munich.
Zola said: “This coach likes to work with young players and improves them day by day. Callum can improve here and we are going to spend time to make him better, and if he stays here I am sure he will play games. If he keeps improving the way he is improving, he will play, and he will play a lot.
“We have two players, very good players but they are both over 30: Pedro and Willian. We value them a lot but we know there will be a moment in which probably Callum is going to come and overtake them. It’s important to think about this.”
“He has to think long-term,” Zola continued. “I know it’s very difficult when you are young and you think about what is going to happen tomorrow, but you have to be thinking after that.
“You have already started a process in which you have to probably wait a little bit, but I wouldn’t say too long. Or the alternative is to go somewhere else, and it will be the same. You will have to start again. You think you are going to go to a big team and go straight into the team, but it doesn’t work that way.”