Chelsea wonderkid Callum Hudson-Odoi has enjoyed a, uh, unique breakout season with the West Londoners this season. The then 17 year old caught the eye of the English media with some impressive performances in preseason, prompting Maurizio Sarri to permanently promote the teenager to the first-team.
Chelsea began the 2018-19 season in great fashion, storming to a 5-0-0 record that made players like Hudson-Odoi on the outside looking out of the starting XI. A transfer ban, a manager without the cojones to sub off his own goalkeeper, aging wingers and a dreadful turn of form later, now seems like no better time to inject some youth and creativity into the Chelsea side.
Despite some terrible performances as of late, which included a 0-4 battering by AFC Bournemouth, the young Englishmen has yet to start a Premier League game despite impressing in all other competitions. Stuck behind Willian and Pedro in the attacking trident, Hudson-Odoi has had to settle with FA Cup and Europa League appearances, where he has been greatly prolific. The now 18 year old has scored 5 goals and assisted 4 other in just 10 appearances in those competitions. For some reason, a stagnating Chelsea side who currently reside outside the top 5 in the Premier League table are not interested in starting the in-form youngster.
However, there is one manager who has taken full advantage, England manager, Gareth Southgate. Known for playing youth players, Southgate has handed Hudson-Odoi his first 2 appearances with the Three Lions, the second of which being a start against Montenegro, assisting Ross Barkley’s goal in the process. Southgate has publicly stated how impressed he has been with the young Englishmen and he will certainly be a major part of the future squads for competitive competitions. This is not the first time Southgate has chosen players who do not get ample amounts of playing time at their respective clubs, with Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Fabian Delph the most recent examples.
Despite the inexperience and youth of the latest England’s squad, the Three Lion’s march to the World Cup Semi-final should speak to Sarri that maybe these English youngsters have something to prove. If Hudson-Odoi is capable of starting and producing for England, it should be time for him to at least start one goddamn game for a Chelsea side whose wingers are over 30 years old.
But hey, as an Arsenal fan, keep doing you Sarri, we love ya
Sincerely, all Arsenal fans
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