Lampard Firm On Hudson-Odoi And Tells Him To Follow Two More Experienced Players

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Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi has been in the starting sheet in past couple of games and he has been impressive. He was the standout player as Chelsea defeated Newcastle 1-0 last weekend.

However, the 18-year-old had a poor game against Ajax in his first Champions League start as his end product was missing in that game.

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has now told the 18-year-old to learn from England and Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling, and also urged him to copy the drive of Chelsea midfielder Jorginho.

“The minute I took the job I made contact with Callum because I knew his contract situation and I felt it was a big sign to him that he should stay, absolutely the right decision for him and the club, and the club were trying to make it happen so, as the manager, I got involved there,” Lampard told reporters at Cobham Training Centre.

“Since he has come back on the pitch, I’ve been saying, sometimes speaking to the outside world, that he can do better because I feel like he is a player who will react well to those because I only want the best for him.

“I don’t like to mention other players but I think Raheem Sterling is such a good role model for a young English player in roughly the same position to see the development and for me that is hard work behind the scenes that Raheem has brought into his game in all senses.

“And I want that from Callum and that starts with what he does day-in, day-out in every bit of training cannot be lost on him. He has to get every ounce out of it and listen to me and listen to the staff. And his teammates because that will drive him as well.

“Jorginho plays like that, so it is all good at the minute and I hope his development keeps going at the rate it is.”

Lampard also revealed that he’d have to be firm on Hudson-Odoi if he needs to be so that the youngster can develop to his true potential.

He went on: “I don’t want to sound like I’m being ultra-firm with him day-in, day-out. I was the first to congratulate him against Newcastle, particularly when he ran back to tackle their full back in the corner with a recovery run.

“But there are moments with all the younger players when they need to hear the cruel reality of football because it is only being on edge consistently will bring them the big celebratory moments they will get when things all go well.”

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