HAZARD: HUDSON-ODOI PLAYS WITH THE MATURITY OF SOMEONE TEN YEARS OLDER

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Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi has been impressive for Chelsea this season, and the 18-year-old is having a breakthrough season at the club.

The 18-year-old has had to wait patiently and prove to the manager that he deserves a place in the side. Hudson-Odoi has only been limited to cup appearances, with Maurizio Sarri claiming that the teenager wasn’t ready to break into the side.

Hudson-Odoi has been behind Eden Hazard, Willian and Pedro in the fight for places in the team, but recently got a call up to the England national team where he impressed for Gareth Southgate’s side, making his debut as a substitute against Czech Republic and then starting the next game against Montenegro where he impressed and played the entire game and even got an assist.

After making six substitute appearances in the Premier League, Hudson-Odoi was finally handed his first start in the competition against Brighton last week and he impressed in Chelsea’s 3-0 win, supplying an assist for Olivier Giroud. He started Chelsea’s next game against West Ham and also did well against the Hammers.

Chelsea star Eden Hazard has now praised the Chelsea academy product, and believes that Hudson-Odoi is ‘the future of Chelsea’ and hailed the 18-year-old for playing with the maturity of someone ten years older.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Hazard said: “He’s the future of Chelsea. I’ve told him already. He’s still young but when you see him he looks like he’s played 10 years.

“He’s a great guy to work with, he’s been fantastic. He wants to learn and he’s young so I hope Chelsea can keep him for a long time.

“He’s got quality, sometimes I understand it’s hard to get young players in the team because we have people like me, Willian, Pedro.

“But when he has the chance to play they have to show they’re ready and Callum is showing that right now.”

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