‘We’re seeing what Christian Pulisic and Willian are doing. Callum needs to show something similar’: Hudson-Odoi needs to replicate team-mates’ form to break into Chelsea XI, warns manager Frank Lampard
- Christian Pulisic and Willian are currently Chelsea’s first-choice wingers
- Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has called on Callum Hudson-Odoi to do more
- Hudson-Odoi has relied on substitute appearances since the restart to play
Frank Lampard has told Callum Hudson-Odoi he must match Willian and Christian Pulisic’s form to start for Chelsea, while also confirming N’Golo Kante’s injury.
Influential midfielder Kante is set to be sidelined for the Champions League-chasing club’s matches against Crystal Palace and Sheffield United because of a hamstring issue.
Lampard, speaking ahead of Palace on Tuesday, also warned Hudson-Odoi he will only start for Chelsea when he proves he is worthy of the place.
Callum Hudson-Odoi needs to improve his form if he wishes to be part of Chelsea’s starting XI
That’s the view of manager Frank Lampard who has warned the winger about what he expects
Hudson-Odoi is currently behind Christian Pulisic (left) and Willian in the Blues pecking order
‘He needs to work hard daily in training and when he gets his opportunities really show input in games,’ Lampard said of the 19-year-old.
‘We’re seeing what Christian Pulisic and Willian are doing. Callum needs to show something similar. They can make impacts in their own ways.’
Hudson-Odoi has relied on substitute appearances since the restart.
Jorginho has also failed to start since football’s return. On how he has handled going unused, Lampard said: ‘He has been professional. He wants to play – every player does.
‘He always trains well. That’s what I’d expect. I don’t want to go into details of why I pick a team they are just my choices.’
On the race for Champions League football, Lampard added: ‘The pressure ramps up, without a doubt. Game by game, results around you, it affects it. But I enjoy it.
‘It’s something I was used to as a player. But that’s what we’re in it for. It’s what it’s all about.’
Lampard has praised Jorginho’s professionalism – despite not being picked to start in matches