Chelsea FC legend tips Maurizio Sarri to pull off Callum Hudson-Odoi masterstroke

Pat Nevin believes Maurizio Sarri could be introducing Callum Hudson-Odoi to the Chelsea FC first team at the right time of the season

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Chelsea FC manager Maurizio Sarri (Photo: The Sport Review)

Maurizio Sarri could be about to pull off a “masterstroke” in his handling of Callum Hudson-Odoi, Chelsea FC legend Pat Nevin has claimed.

The 18-year-old impressed for England during the international break after the Chelsea FC starlet made his full debut in their 5-1 win over Montenegro in their Euro 2020 qualifier on Monday night.

Hudson-Odoi acquitted himself well in the international clash with an assist for Ross Barkley’s first goal of the European championship clash.

England manager Gareth Southgate opted to leave Hudson-Odoi on the full 90 minutes to give the Chelsea FC starlet some vital first-team experience with the national team.

Hudson-Odoi has impressed with his performances in the Europa League and the FA Cup this season, scoring five goals and making two assists in six starts and four substitute appearances.

The Chelsea FC winger is still waiting to make his Premier League debut despite Maurizio Sarri using the talented teenager as a substitute on six occasions.

Former Blues midfielder Nevin believes Sarri could turn to Hudson-Odoi a lot more in the final months of the Premier League season to utilise the starlet’s fresh legs.

“Callum Hudson-Odoi will arguably be buzzing even more by getting his first England cap and looking perfectly comfortable on that stage at such an incredibly young age,” Nevin wrote on Chelsea FC’s website.

“It is no longer a question of if but when with regards to his impact for Chelsea in the Premier League.

“The great thing for him is that he will not be jaded at this time of the season.

“Others have had a long, hard slog, many with precious little rest from last season because of the World Cup,

“But Callum is as fresh as you could hope for and clearly straining like a held-back mustang ready to fly off the reins.

“Chelsea fans have been calling for a long time for our young flying winger, but coaches believe they know exactly when the time is right for the biggest impact.

“If the boss gets it right it will be seen as a master stroke.”

Chelsea FC had to content with interest from Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich in the January transfer window but managed to keep the teenager at Stamford Bridge.

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