Cape Town - Former England international Rob Green admits the Chelsea
squad were surprised that Callum Hudson-Odoi did not feature more regularly
under Maurizio Sarri last season.
Hudson-Odoi enjoyed a solid breakthrough season with the
Blues under Sarri, making 24 appearances in total as he went on to receive a
senior England call-up, but he only appeared in the Premier League four times
The Englishman has continued to impress since his return
from an Achilles injury and, speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live, Green was amazed the
18-year-old did not get more minutes in his debut season.
"We were in the dressing room last season and the
players were saying 'how is he not playing?', said the 39-year-old, who joined
Chelsea on a one-year deal in the summer of 2018 before retiring at the end of
"He was going out in training and tearing some of the
best defenders in the world apart. He was consistently the best in training.
"It was to the point where some of the best players in
the world were standing there applauding what he was doing.
"He has got such a brilliant mind and he is so
confident. When he goes out there, he will try things and he will try it on the
biggest stage. He will do something, and you will ask him: 'When have you done
that? Why did you do that?'
"He would say 'because I've never done it before, and I
thought I'd try it'. 'You knew from the way he spoke and the way he is around
the lads, the way he holds himself and obviously his ability, he is going to be
at Chelsea for as long as he wants to be and then, maybe, on to greater
Hudson-Odoi claimed his second assist in two Premier League
games this term in Sunday's 4-1 win over Southampton at St Mary's.
- TeamTalk Media