Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri handed Blues youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi his first Chelsea start in the 3-0 win over Brighton, and it was the 18-year-old’s full Premier League debut.
Hudson-Odoi impressed against the Seagulls and assisted Olivier Giroud for Chelsea’s first goal. The youngster was impressive all through the game and justified the manager’s decision to start him.
Hudson-Odoi has had to battle his way into the Chelsea first team as he has often found himself behind Pedro, Willian and Eden Hazard.
However, Sarri has now revealed that Hudson-Odoi is ready to play in the big games for Chelsea, but admitted that WIllian, Hudson-Odoi and Eden Hazard enjoy playing from the left, which is a dilemma for him.
Sarri was asked if Hudson-Odoi would start again against West Ham on Monday, to which he replied:
“The best of Callum is on the left, the best of Hazard is on the left, the best of Willian is on the left, but I have only one left! I am sorry!
“Two of the three can play of course, but one has to adapt himself to the other side, as Callum did in this match for 80 minutes.”
Sarri was very pleased with Hudson-Odoi’s performance and revealed that the youngster has improved his all-round game and is ready to play for Chelsea.
Sarri said: “Very well, but I was sure about that. As I said yesterday Callum is ready to play in every match, also the most difficult matches, because he has improved a lot during the season. He played very well.
“This match was very suitable for him. They usually defend very low and tight. He is able to start wide, and for him there was the possibility to play one against one 25 times in a match.
“I am also really happy with him because he defended very well. For us it’s very important to have three offensive players able to defend, otherwise it’s a problem for the balance of the team. So tactically now he is ready.”