Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi praised after Newcastle performance – ‘latest protege’


Chelsea can challenge for silverware within the next two years so long as Frank Lampard keeps his faith in young players.

That’s the opinion of BBC Sport pundit Garth Crooks.

Chelsea picked up another strong win over the weekend as they beat Newcastle 1-0 at Stamford Bridge.

They were helped by the return of Callum Hudson-Odoi, as the winger made his second Premier League start since retiring from injury.

The 18-year-old is now fully recovered from the Achilles injury which had kept him out since April.

On his first home start since coming back, he instantly proved why he was worth the new £100,000-per-week deal given to him.

The winger had an electric game and put in a showstopping performance as the Blues picked up their fourth win on the bounce.

He played a key role in the only goal of the game, starting the move which was finished off by Marcos Alonso’s first-time effort into the bottom corner of the net.

And after placing the winger into his team of the week, Crooks raved over the teenager, and explained he is just the latest example of Chelsea’s youth-first policy paying off.

“I don’t know what Frank Lampard is serving these youngsters for breakfast at Stamford Bridge but it certainly seems to be working,” he wrote.

“The latest protege to find himself back in the limelight is Callum Hudson-Odoi.

“I selected Hudson-Odoi in my team last season before he got injured but against Newcastle he looked back to his best.

“Chelsea are not the force they have been in the past but with Hudson-Odoi, Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, Fikayo Tomori and Kurt Zouma – plus a little bit of luck and a fair wind – they could be winning trophies in two years.”

Chelsea remain fourth in the Premier League, but are two points clear of Arsenal following the Gunners’ defeat to Sheffield United on Monday.

Next up for Lampard’s side will be Ajax in the Champions League tomorrow [8pm KO] before facing Burnley in the league this weekend.


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