Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has been urged to give Chelsea youngsters Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ethan Ampadu more game time in all competitions to get their bodies right for life as a professional football as the stop-start nature of the Europa League is simply not enough.
Both players could feature in Chelsea’s Europa League clash against Dynamo Kiev on Thursday but former England midfielder Jermaine Jenas wants the duo to be given more game time in all competitions.
“You definitely gain a lot of experience in the Europa League, the problem with the Europa League is that it’s so sporadic, it’s not a constant thing,” Jenas told Football London.
“What you don’t experience is going into games almost in pain for example.
“That week in, week out football, especially if you’re playing European football, playing the Wednesday, playing on the Saturday, playing on the Tuesday, playing on the Saturday, then Saturday – that intensity on your body and getting your body finely tuned to be able to do that is so different to training – nice, nice, nice then a European fixture against a bang average European side, go out, perform have another rest for four weeks.
“They need that, they’ll feel great going into games now because of that but they need that hard week in, week out football to get their bodies ready for life as footballer.
“Hopefully given Chelsea’s transfer situation they will get the opportunity next season because they’re going to need their youth by the looks of it.”