Chelsea forward, Olivier Giroud has called on boss Maurizio Sarri to feature Callum Hudson-Odoi regularly in games following the young winger impressive performance in his first Premier League start on Wednesday against Brighton.
England international Hudson-Odoi set up Giroud for an opening goal with a right-wing cross, as well as being a general nuisance to Brighton’s defense.
Before Eden Hazard and Ruben Loftus-Cheek got the other goals, Hudson-Odoi was arguably the standout performer for long periods.
However, team mate Giroud is convinced the 18-year-old has what it takes to be a star, and suggested he needs play regular games;
‘I’m not surprised [about Hudson-Odoi,
‘He’s improving. He’s got huge potential.
‘I’m sure he will become a top, top player. He needs to play in more games, but it’s coming. He’s a good player and a good man in the dressing room. England can be happy to have him,Giroud told BBC Sport .
Sarri was also impressed with Hudson-Odoi and hinted he can expect to be a regular starter in the near future.
‘After 50 matches it’s very difficult to play every three days,” the Italian said. “We needed to change.
‘We’re lucky because Callum is doing very well. Loftus-Cheek has no problem with his back for the first time this season. Giroud is in a good period. We’re lucky.
“Callum played very well and defended very well. He has improved during the season a lot. He’s ready to play 90 minutes in very important matches,
Sarri’s men will tackle West Ham next Monday ahead of their Europa League quarter-final first leg clash against Slavia Praha three days later.
Chelsea is currently fifth on the Premier League table two points above Manchester United but are level on points with fourth-place Arsenal as they chase a Champions League spot for next season.