SARRI: HUDSON-ODOI IS READY

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Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi is yet to make a Premier League start for Chelsea despite having been impressive in the few games he has played this season.

Hudson-Odoi has impressed in the 19 appearances he has made this season and the teenager has been attracting massive interests from Bayern Munich and other Premier League rivals. His impressive performances earned him a senior team call-up in the just concluded international break, as Gareth Southgate gave the 18-year-old his England debut.

Hudson-Odoi made his England debut in their 5-0 win against Czech Republic, coming on as a second-half substitute with 20 minutes left and impressed in his cameo appearance. Following his impressive debut performance, Southgate gave him a start in England’s next game – a 5-1 win against Montenegro where he gave an assist.

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has been under pressure to give Hudson-Odoi a start in the Premier League, with his starts coming only in the cup games. And now, Sarri has revealed that he has been impressed with the youngster since pre-season and he’s now ready to start a Premier League game. Sarri has assured that Hudson-Odoi will either start against Brighton on Wednesday or in our next league match against West Ham.

Sarri said: “In pre-season after four or five training sessions I realised Callum was a player with great potential. In my opinion in that moment he wasn’t ready to play at this level, but during the season he has improved and now he is ready to play.

“I decided at the beginning of the season he had to stay with us and I put him in the squad. I know Callum very well. I want him to improve more. His potential is high. Callum is always in my mind. He is our future, and now he is ready to play. Probably he will start tomorrow, or the next match.

“Firstly I want to see the condition of all our players, of Willi, Pedro, Eden, all the wingers, but of course he is in my mind.”

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