Lampard explains reason for starting Hudson-Odoi

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Frank Lampard gave a rare start to Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi in the game against Southampton.

The 19-year-old has barely started games the past two months as his form has dropped, but Lampard gave the winger another opportunity to prove himself.

Lampard hailed Hudson-Odoi’s performance against the Saints and revealed that the youngster has the quality to play but has been affected by a long-term injury.

He said: “I thought he put a lot of effort in today. He was trying things, making runs but it wasn’t quite coming off for him in the first half. He’s coming off the back of a big injury and there’s certainly a period where we have to stick with him through that.

“He’s still young and he’s in a period now where he has to get his head down and work to show what he can be for this club. I showed faith in playing him today and I will continue to do that.

“I’ve sat and probably been relatively harsh on Callum a couple of times but I don’t think is the moment to do that because today I saw an effort and desire and I’ve seen it in training these last couple of weeks.”

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