18-year-old Callum Hudson-Odoi came off the bench to score Chelsea’s third in our 3-0 Europa League win over Dynamo Kiev on Thursday night.
The 18-year-old, who is yet to start a Premier League game for Chelsea, wants more first team football and handed in a transfer request in January as he looked to force through a £35million move to Bayern Munich.
Paul Merson believes the 18-year-old winger must improve before he can expect to start for Chelsea and has urged Hudson-Odoi to be patient.
“I wouldn’t play Hudson-Odoi at the moment. I think he’s got to be patient,” Merson told talkSPORT.
“Pedro’s playing well at the moment. Pedro’s turned it around. This is the player who came from Barcelona, he’s playing that way at the moment.
“I think Willian’s a top player as well. Them three [with Eden Hazard] all sing off the same hymn sheet, they’re experienced players who have played with each other for a long time.
“Hudson-Odoi doesn’t buy into that at the moment. He won’t play one-twos and flick balls round the corner. He’s an out-and-out winger. Give him the ball, he’ll isolated his defender and take him on.
“He needs to improve his game. The longer he’s there training with quality players, and with this appeal which has just gone down, stay at Chelsea because you’re going to get games now.”