Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi is currently weighing up his options following lack of game time since the start of the season.
Despite the absence of injured duo, Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic, Chelsea manager Frank Lampard still preferred Mason Mount on the wings in Chelsea’s two Premier League matches this season, relegating Hudson-Odoi to the bench.
Lampard has opted to start a front lineup of Mount, Werner and Havertz in both games. These players are not conventional wingers and one wonders why Callum Hudson Odoi isn’t starting ahead of them.
According to The Athletic, speculation over Hudson-Odoi’s future at Stamford Bridge is mounting once again. His situation has attracted the attention of other clubs but sources inside Chelsea say Callum won’t be going anywhere at least this season.
Lampard recently urged Callum to improve his work-rate if he wants to break into the team.
“I’d be surprised if any player is not disappointed when they don’t play games,” he said.
“With Callum, he has to focus on the work he puts in on the training ground day in, day out. I’ve said it quite a few times. I have to think about how players trained, how they play within the team, how we work on the ball and how we work off the ball.
“I have no favourites. I don’t lean on people because I like them — I lean on people because I want them to be successful, which will hopefully make everybody here happy.
“Callum is a young developing player and a lot of talk has come his way because of the way his career has gone at a young age. The facts remain the same for all young players: they have to work every day to put themselves in the frame to start.”
From what Lampard is saying it seems like Callum isn’t training well or putting in maximum effort during training. But sources within the club state he’s been training very well.
Will Callum eventually get more playing time and live up to everyone’s expectations? Only time will tell.