If Callum Hudson-Odoi is to earn his way into the Chelsea squad, he must step up in training and put aside any questions about his future at Stamford Bridge, warned manager Frank Lampard.
Hudson-Odoi struggled under Lampard to establish himself, though he was earlier earmarked as Eden Hazard’s heir-apparent.
Hudson-Odoi hasn’t featured prominently despite the manager’s unswerving confidence in his young players, and the club is considering loaning him out so he can pick up minutes elsewhere, a source told 90min earlier this month.
Hudson-Odoi still has to catch his boss’ eye while Lampard’s attitude has been impressed by the likes of Mason Mount and Reece James, and the work rate of the youngster at training is key to their concerns about his potential to make a short-term impact.
“I’d be surprised if any player is not disappointed when they don’t play games,” Lampard said, per The Guardian. “With Callum, he has to absolutely 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 favorites. I don’t lean on people because I like them. I lean on people because I want people to be successful, which will hopefully make everybody here happy. Callum is a young developing player and a lot of talks have 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.”