Gary Neville: What I truly think of Callum Hudson-Odoi at Chelsea FC
Gary Neville gives his take on Callum Hudson-Odoi's situation at Chelsea FC this season
Gary Neville has revealed that he is a huge admirer of Callum Hudson-Odoi following his good form for Chelsea FC and England in recent weeks.
The 18-year-old made his second Premier League start of the season on Monday night as he played 85 minutes of the Blues’ 2-0 win over West Ham United at Stamford Bridge.
Hudson-Odoi seems to have won over manager Maurizio Sarri after having initially struggled to get game-time in the opening stages of the campaign.
He made his full England debut last month and has been earning lots of praise for his solid performances in recent weeks.
There was plenty of speculation linking Hudson-Odoi with a move away from Chelsea FC in the January transfer window, but a switch failed to materialise.
Now, former Manchester United defender Neville has given his honest take on Hudson-Odoi’s situation at Stamford Bridge.
Speaking on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football, Neville said: “Hudson-Odoi’s made a huge impression on me.
“He’s a huge talent. He can beat a player, go outside, he plays on the left and right, physically he’s got no problems.
“I think there would be uproar if he was allowed to leave Chelsea Football Club without being given a chance. This feels like a crossroads moment for Chelsea in terms of their belief in a young player.
“For me it’s about giving him the opportunity, and Chelsea have failed so many times at that over the last five or six years, where players have gone and thrived elsewhere.
“This is the moment for them to believe in their own.”
Hudson-Odoi’s current contract is set to expire in the summer of 2020 and he is yet to indicate that he will sign a new deal at Chelsea FC.
Meanwhile, Chelsea FC will return to Europa League action on Thursday night when they travel to Slavia Prague in the quarter-finals.