Paul Merson offers advice to Chelsea FC starlet Callum Hudson-Odoi
Paul Merson gives his take on Callum Hudson-Odoi's situation at Chelsea FC at the moment
Paul Merson has urged Callum Hudson-Odoi to stay and fight for his place at Chelsea FC.
The 18-year-old is widely regarded as one of the west London club’s most promising youngsters and he has been breaking into the first team this season under Maurizio Sarri.
Hudson-Odoi was heavily linked with a transfer away from Chelsea FC in the January transfer window, with Bayern Munich reportedly interested in bringing him to the Bundesliga.
The teenager came off the bench to score in Chelsea FC’s 3-0 win over Dynamo Kiev in the Europa League on Thursday night but he is still being made to wait for his chance in the starting line-up.
Hudson-Odoi is yet to start a Premier League game this season under Sarri.
However, former Arsenal star Merson feels that Hudson-Odoi should stay at Chelsea FC and improve his game before thinking about a move away.
Speaking in an interview with talkSPORT, as quoted by the Daily Express, Merson said: “I wouldn’t play Hudson-Odoi at the moment. I think he’s got to be patient.
“Pedro’s playing well at the moment. Pedro’s turned it around. This is the player who came from Barcelona, he’s playing that way at the moment.
“I think Willian’s a top player as well. Them three [with Eden Hazard] all sing off the same hymn sheet, they’re experienced players who have played with each other for a long time.
“Hudson-Odoi doesn’t buy into that at the moment. He won’t play one-twos and flick balls round the corner.
He’s an out-and-out winger. Give him the ball, he’ll isolated his defender and take him on.
“He needs to improve his game. The longer he’s there training with quality players, and with this appeal which has just gone down, stay at Chelsea because you’re going to get games now.”
Hudson-Odoi will be hoping to be involved when Chelsea FC take on Wolves at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League on Sunday.
The Blues are currently sixth in the Premier League but they can move back into the top four if they win their game in hand over Manchester United and Arsenal.