Former Chelsea midfielder and boss Glenn Hoddle was unhappy with Maurizio Sarri’s decision not to start Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi against Dynamo Kiev on Thursday night.
Hoddle believes Hudson-Odoi has a bright future, only if he is given enough chances in the first team at Chelsea.
Despite not starting the game against Dynamo Kiev, Hudson-Odoi came off the bench to score Chelsea’s third goal in the 3-0 win over Dynamo Kiev.
“First of all he’s got to get the chance to go in there and get the experience under his belt,” Hoddle told BT Sport.
“I’m very disappointed, I expected him to (start against Dynamo Kiev), I must say.
“You know what Pedro can do, you know what Willian can do. He’s got to be given a chance, he’s got a talent.
“We don’t know where he can do, we don’t know how good he is. He hasn’t been tested against the top teams.
“I’ve not seen him tear Man City apart or go into Europe and tear people apart.
“He’s got immense talent, he looks the part, but he needs the time to play.
“He needs to get out there and play. He hasn’t played enough.
“The amount of time he’s had on the pitch (equates to) eight-and-a-half games (this season).
“They’re talking about selling him for £40million – he’s not proven anything yet. Eight-and-a-half games is nothing.
“But it’s up to him to get them out of the team. He’s only going to do that if he’s given a chance to play consistently.
“There’s not really a career started yet. It’s where he’ll be in five years time.
“Will he be far better than Willian? Will he be far better than Pedro? Probably, if he’s given the chance.”
Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri revealed after the win over Dynamo Kiev that he is unhappy with the pressure fans and the media are placing on the 18-year-old.
“He’s a very important young player. He is 18 and still needs to improve,” Sarri said of Hudson-Odoi.
“I don’t like if the press or the fans put too much pressure on him. At the moment he only has to think about improving.
“It’s impossible to be at the top at 18. He needs to improve and then he will be at the top when he is 22 or 23.”