Sunday 19 January 2020

Lampard keeps faith in Hudson-Odoi

Callum Hudson-Odoi. Pic: Reuters
Callum Hudson-Odoi. Pic: Reuters

Frank Lampard has pledged to give Callum Hudson-Odoi time to hit back to top form after the England forward struggled in the st Stephen’s Day loss to Southampton.

Chelsea boss Lampard insisted that Hudson-Odoi deserves to be afforded the time to ease back to his best as he continues to shake off his long-term heel injury.

Hudson-Odoi suffered a torn Achilles tendon in April and while he has battled quickly back into action, Blues manager Lampard maintains that the 19-year-old is still moving past that injury setback.

Hudson-Odoi lost possession in the build-up to Michael Obafemi’s opener as Saints condemned Chelsea to consecutive Premier League home defeats for the first time since 2011, but retains his manager’s full support.

The disappointing Southampton loss was Hudson-Odoi’s first Chelsea start since October, but Lampard has full confidence in one of his most promising young stars.

“I thought he put in a lot of effort; he was trying things and making runs,” said Lampard. “It wasn’t quite coming off for him in the first half, and overall in fact. He’s coming off the back of a big injury and this is certainly a period where we have to stick with him through that.”

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