Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi scored his fifth goal of the season as Chelsea beat Dynamo Kiev 3-0 at Stamford Bridge on Thursday night.
Former Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves has questioned Chelsea’s decision to splash £60million on Christian Pulisic when the Blues have a better player in Hudson-Odoi.
“I love him (Hudosn-Odoi). He’s 18-years-old and every time he plays he impacts the game,” Hargreaves told BT Sport.
“But they have just spent £50m, £60m on Pulisic. There is no way he is a better player than Hudson-Odoi, not in a million years.”
Hargreaves also advised Hudson-Odoi to leave Chelsea on loan to gain more experience.
“It doesn’t seem like the opportunities are there. Go and play somewhere else at least for a year on loan and come back at 19 into the first team,” Hargreaves added.
Former Chelsea boss Glenn Hoddle insists Hudson-Odoi needs to play more games if he is to reach his potential while also claiming that Ruben Loftus-Cheek deserves to start more matches.
“If he (Hudson-Odoi) goes in there and has a few bad games and gets an injury and tries to play with an injury because you have to do that sometimes to stay in the team, these are the things he isn’t experiencing,” Hoddle told BT Sport.
“He has got the ability but he isn’t going to have an amazing game every game, but to be a top player you need to get through those things and have the mentality as well.
“As a young boy you want to be playing football. He may not be better than [Eden] Hazard, Pedro and Willian at the moment but he needs to be playing more and so does Loftus-Cheek.
“I don’t see why Loftus-Cheek is not playing as much because of [Mateo] Kovacic. I don’t see what he does for Chelsea, Loftus-Cheek should be given a chance and Ross Barkley should be playing ahead of him as well.
“He’s played 37 games this season and he hasn’t scored a goal. I haven’t seen him create anything either. This is a classic example of foreign players stopping English players coming through.”
Despite calls to give Hudson-Odoi more playing time, Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri revealed after the win over Dynamo Kiev on Thursday night that Chelsea fans and the media are putting too much pressure on Hudson-Odoi.
“Hudson-Odoi is a very important young player but I think he is 18 and he needs to improve. I don’t like that the fans and the press put him under too much pressure,” Sarri said.
“At the moment his focus has to be to improve at 18. He will be at the top when he is 22, 23 like the other players.”