Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi is the rave of the moment, and the 18-year-old has broken records to not only get a senior team call-up but to also feature in competitive games for the Three Lions.
The Chelsea academy product came off the bench to make his debut in England’s 5-0 win over Czech Republic on Friday with 20 minutes left of the game. Three days later, he was handed a surprise start by Gareth Southgate who featured him for 90 minutes in their 5-0 win against Montenegro, and the Chelsea youngster impressed yet again.
Surprisingly for Chelsea, Blues boss Maurizio Sarri has refused to hand Hudson-Odoi a start in the Premier League. The 18-year-old has featured 19 times for Chelsea this season, but is yet to start a league game.
Former Blue Craig Burley believes Sarri is afraid of Hudson-Odoi’s defensive frailities as the reason he’s yet to hand him a Premier League start despite impressing for the Blues. The teenager made a little mistake that led to Montenegro’s only goal against the Three Lions, other than that, it was a beautiful performance.
“It’s all interlinked to the manager. Who’s gonna be the manager next year and will that manager fancy him?” Burley asked ESPN FC. “Will Eden Hazard go to Real Madrid even though Chelsea have got this impending transfer ban that’s problematic? They have got [Christian] Pulisic coming in.
“[He] made his full debut for England obviously, came off the bench a few days before and impressed again.
“He played really well for Chelsea in the Europa League in midweek, they played great. And then they went to Everton three or four days later, he was back on the bench and they lost.”
He continued: “It seems Sarri is reluctant for some reason. Maybe it’s the defensive part of his game, ‘cos it can’t be the attacking part of his game.
“But he sees something he doesn’t want to give him more minutes for.
“It’s a difficult one for the lad, but if it continues in the manner it is then he needs to get out of there. He needs to get out and go and get minutes.
“Germany’s been mooted and Germany has been a great place for younger kids from all different countries to go in.
“I think to get an opportunity, the Bundesliga has shown itself to be one of the best platforms for skilful, talented kids to be given their head and that’s a good opportunity.”