Chelsea hero Pat Nevin has hailed Chelsea duo Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ross Barkley for their performances in England’s Euro 2020 qualifiers, as they were involved in England’s 5-0 and 5-1 win over the international break.
It was indeed a good week for Chelsea youngster Hudson-Odoi who not only got his first England call-up, but also featured in both games and made his impact felt.
Hudson-Odoi looked too good to be 18, and felt comfortable on the big stage as he came on in the last 20 minutes of the game against Czech Republic, and was excellent in England’s 5-1 win over Montenegro.
Chelsea hero Pat Nevin has hailed the performance of Hudson-Odoi and believes the 18-year-old could bring this impact for Chelsea in the Premier League.
“Callum Hudson-Odoi will arguably be buzzing even more by getting his first England cap and looking perfectly comfortable on that stage at such an incredibly young age,” he wrote in his column on the official Chelsea website.
“It is no longer a question of if but when with regards to his impact for Chelsea in the Premier League.
“The great thing for him is that he will not be jaded at this time of the season.
“Others have had a long, hard slog, many with precious little rest from last season because of the World Cup,
“But Callum is as fresh as you could hope for and clearly straining like a held-back mustang ready to fly off the reins.”
He went on: “Chelsea fans have been calling for a long time for our young flying winger, but coaches believe they know exactly when the time is right for the biggest impact.
“If the boss gets it right it will be seen as a master stroke.”
Pat Nevin was also full of praise for Ross Barkley who grabbed two goals for the Three Lions as England ran riot against Montenegro in the Balkans, scoring five goals for the second time in five days, and Barkely backed his beautiful performance with two goals to show for it.
He added: “The other player who will be desperate to bring his international form to Chelsea is of course Ross Barkley.
“Two goals for his country and involvement in much of the rest of what England did well will have given him a huge boost.”