Lampard admits it was difficult dropping Chelsea player for Tottenham clash

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Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi has been impressing in games this season, as the 20-year-old is trying to reach the heights that saw him get a call-up to the national team and break into the Chelsea first team two seasons ago.

Hudson-Odoi got a goal against Rennes and was equally impressive while on international duty with the England under-21 squad, but there was no room for him in the Chelsea team for the game against Tottenham.

Despite being fit, Hudson-Odoi failed to make the squad for the Spurs game, and Frank Lampard has admitted that it was a very difficult decision to bench the promising winger.

With Christian Pulisic returning from injury, Lampard has a complete squad to choose from, and the boss has admitted that dropping players isn’t an easy thing to do.

Lampard has encouraged Hudson-Odoi to keep working hard in training and promised him of more playing opportunities ahead.

“It was difficult,” Lampard admitted when speaking to the media ahead of Sevilla game, “and I have been really pleased with his training lately.

“I have spoken about Callum at different times since I have been in the job and his work-ethic in training and attitude at the minute is bang on. That is reflected in his scoring against Rennes and playing well. He came on against Newcastle and he was bright, he went away with England Under-21s and did well.

“When we have a fully fit squad, as we pretty much do now, I have tough decisions when to leave out players who work hard through the week and are desperate to play for the club, but I have to make that decision. So I did speak to Callum personally as I wanted him to understand where he is at the moment which is on a progression which is getting better for me.

“I want to see more of the same and keep that progression going. If there are times he is not starting or out of the squad, the main thing is I want him to stay positive, and that is part of my job to have that communication level.

“There are times when other players will have to sit out, and that conversation will have to be with other players.”

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