Well, not quite but reading between the lines I’d say the article headline isn’t far from being correct.
Last night, at Stamford Bridge, despite making a raft of changes for the visit of Dynamo Kiev, in the Europa League, 18-year-old Callum Hudson-Odoi was only afforded a place on the bench with Maurizio Sarri preferring to utilise his golden oldies, Willian and Pedro.
Perhaps the fact both scored may vindicate the Italian’s decision to go down that route.
However, here at Vital Chelsea, our feeling is that the game would have been the ideal opportunity to start our talented youngster, even more so with Sarri bemoaning the fact the recent plethora of fixtures had left his players tired.
As it turned out, despite the Matthew Harding Stand urging Sarri to bring on Hudson-Odoi earlier than he did, the teenager was introduced late on.
Once again, Hudson-Odoi showed exactly what he was capable of by getting on the score-sheet with a splendid finish.
But, returning to the, some might say, questionable headline, the England manager, when interviewed by Talksport, reiterated that he believes, with Jadon Sancho being the perfect illustration, there are no negative aspects to players plying their trade abroad.
Now, we Chelsea supporters, can plead with Hudson-Odoi to remain at Chelsea all we like but the stark reality is that if the youngster is serious about leaving the club, due to a lack of first-team opportunities and game-time, then the cameo roles he’s currently restricted to are not going to change his mind, even more so with those words from Gareth Southgate ringing in his ears.
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