Chelsea: Lampard pleased with Morecambe win
Callum Hudson-Odoi has insisted he will not sulk if he is left out of Frank Lampard’s Chelsea team as he agrees with his manager that he still has plenty to improve – but says he is determined to hold on to his place in the starting line-up.
The 20-year-old, linked with a move to Bayern Munich last year, has started only two Premier League games all season under Lampard.
But he played a starring goal as he scored one goal and set up another in the 4-0 FA Cup demolition of League Two side Morecambe at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
England winger Hudson-Odoi was a subject of several bids from Bayern in both 2019 transfer windows, all snubbed by Chelsea, even though at one point the youngster handed in a transfer request.
He then signed a five-year contract in July 2019, after five months out with an Achilles tendon rupture, and insisted he had committed his future to Chelsea.
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But the winger has still been used only sparingly by Lampard, who spent around £220million on new players last summer.
Hudson-Odoi has impressed whenever he has been brought into the team, and Sunday’s goal was his fifth in all competitions this season, which has led to fans calling for the homegrown youngster to be given more of a chance – especially with some of Lampard’s big money signings so far failing to convince.
But Hudson-Odoi said: “You want to play in every game, but I also want to improve in those minutes on the pitch.
“I have the right mentality, the right attitude. I would never sulk about anything – I just want to do my best and take every opportunity I get.
“Whether in training or in a game, give 110 per cent. I want to make sure I am always ready. The way you train affects the way you play. I want to keep working hard and learning.”
Hudson-Odoi admitted: “Nobody is the perfect player, everybody has flaws. I want to keep learning whether it is on the pitch or at home watching clips. Learning from the manager. He knows what is right for me.”
Sunday’s result was a welcome boost for Chelsea, after one win in six games in the Premier League, and Hudson-Odoi said: “We want to build a run of winning games again.
“This was a good step for us, we needed to show the right mentality.”
Lampard meanwhile said of Hudson-Odoi: “Callum is improving and improving, yet there is also much more to come from Callum.
“I think his application in training, his desire to look at his game, is great.
“And his goal today was a fantastic example of someone running to break the lines and ending up where a striker would be. That is what modern-day wingers have to do.
“In terms of how long until he makes his case, he’s making it now. In this team we have three natural wingers and another who can play in that position.
“At times I am going to have to make selection decisions and sometimes he will be in, and other times he won’t be.
“But right now the way he is playing, he’s assisting, scoring goals and that is making me really happy.
“There has been an uplift from Callum and there are more gears for him to go up. When he is playing like he’s playing, it’s good to expect more from him.”
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