Chelsea starlet makes admission on lack of opportunities under Lampard

Callum Hudson-Odoi has vowed to fight for his place at Chelsea after admitting he does not know why he has not played as much this season.

Chelsea starlet makes admission on lack of opportunities under Lampard

Chelsea starlet makes admission on lack of opportunities under Lampard

Hudson-Odoi has found himself on the fringes of first-team action over the past few months. He has only started two Premier League games so far this season.

However, he has had six further opportunities off the bench, and has provided two goals and one assist. The winger has also added two goals in the Champions League.

Overall, though, he will have been hoping for a bigger role in the team – especially after being linked with a move elsewhere. He has been one of the main players to suffer as a result of the number of signings Chelsea made in the summer.

Now further down the pecking order, Hudson-Odoi knows he needs to kick on in the second half of the season.

Asked by Sky Sports if he knew why he had been overlooked so often this season, he said: “No. I’m trying hard in training every day, I’m giving 110 per cent in training and in games.

“No matter when the opportunity comes, I’m going to try and continue to do my best and contribute to the team – scoring and assisting. Hopefully more opportunities will come.

 

“When I’m on the ball, I like to create as much as possible. I like to look up early, see the open play and try to switch the ball quickly – drive at the defence, and create opportunities for myself too.

“I like to open up the game as much as possible, it’s part of my game, and hopefully I can create more goals for the team.

“I’m always smiling – that’s the main thing. I like to smile, be positive no matter the situation.

“I’m just happy to keep trying my best, get the opportunities to play and improve every game. I’m really happy with that.”

Hudson-Odoi wants Euro 2020 place

Hudson-Odoi has three senior caps for England so far, but will need to build up more experience at club level if he is to make it to Euro 2020.

The 20-year-old admitted he is thinking about that situation and is still hopeful of regaining his role at international level.

“100 per cent. It’s always been on my mind,” he said of the upcoming Euros.

“I want to get back into the squad and go with them to the tournament. You take it game by game and day by day.

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“You’ve just got to keep doing what you’re doing, and keep improving. But yes, the Euros are definitely on my mind.

“I’m not worried [my place is in jeopardy] – you have to use every opportunity. If I play the whole game or just at the end, you’ve got to show what you can do and have that belief in yourself.

“For me, I just want to make the squad but I’m taking it game by game.”

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