Maurizio Sarri believes Callum Hudson-Odoi is ready to start in the Premier League


Chelsea are a club often criticised for their approach to young players, and bringing through new talent. 

It's often suggested that they concentrate too much on succeeding in the short term, rather than focusing on building for the future. 

That though, can be forgiven, especially considering the philosophy the club has adopted in recent times under owner Roman Abramovich.

Because of this approach, fans of the club often get very excited when they see even just a glimpse of any young talent. 

And last Saturday, there were a few on show against Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup. 

Maurizio Sarri named four starlets - Ethan Ampadu, Andreas Christensen, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson-Odoi, in his starting 11. 

It's fair to say that all of them impressed in the 2-0 victory, but one stood out above the rest. 


In only his sixth senior start for Chelsea, Hudson-Odoi was named Man of the Match, after providing both assists for Alvaro Morata's two goals. 


It was only his second domestic appearance of the season - and although the young winger has often featured in the Europa League, he was struggling to break into the team for league games. 

But, that looks to be changing and following Hudson-Odoi's impressive showing in the cup, Sarri was asked about the 18-year-old's chance of making a Premier League start - and his response will really excite Chelsea fans.  


"I think so, he is ready I think," the Blues boss said when questioned about the possibility of Hudson-Odoi making his first start in the league.

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"We have important players in the same position, you want Willian or Pedro on the bench? He is ready."

Sarri's suggestion has no doubt got excited Chelsea fans - perhaps for more than one reason.

Most fans are desperate to see the youngster get more action - and some will be even happier to hear that there's a chance he'll be pushing Willian out of the team very soon.  

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