Chelsea star tipped to become ‘world class’ under Frank Lampard by Joe Cole

Joe Cole is predicting big things for Callum Hudson-Odoi after the England winger was handed a rare start in the 4-0 win over Sevilla on Wednesday. The Blues youngster has failed to kick on after bursting onto the scene due to injuries, and has been linked with a move to Bayern Munich.

Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi has been backed to become a “world class player” by former Blues star Joe Cole.

England international Hudson-Odoi burst onto the scene in 2018 as a teenager.

However, injuries and transfer speculation appear to have halted his progress at Stamford Bridge.

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Hudson-Odoi spent five months on the sidelines after rupturing an Achilles tendon in April 2019, though he recently admitted that he is still feeling the lasting affects of that blow.

Moreover, the 20-year-old has been continually linked with a move to Bayern Munich for years now, putting him in a precarious position.

Hudson-Odoi was handed a rare start in the 4-0 win over Sevilla on Wednesday.

And ahead of the game, Cole backed the player to fulfil the huge potential he has shown at times.

“I’m a big fan of his. I think he’s a top, top player,” Cole said prior to Chelsea’s Champions League clash against Sevilla.

“Psychologically he knows he faces a battle to play. You can’t keep every player happy because every player wants to play every game and that’s not possible.

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“Callum is at that stage of his career where he’s still developing and still learning, every lesson he learns is a little building block to help him become that world class player that we all think he can become.”

Meanwhile, fellow ex-Chelsea man Glenn Hoddle also gave his verdict on Hudson-Odoi, insisting that he needs to earn a spot among a star-studded side.

“The lad’s got talent but in this Chelsea squad you’re not going to play every game,” Hoddle added. “They have Hudson-Odoi, Pulisic, Havertz, so someone is going to miss out.

“The boy’s talented and has wonderful feet. He’s got vision and I think he’s just now only his injury which was a tough one. But he looks free of that now.

“He’s got to earn his place in the Chelsea team and he’s still a little bit inconsistent.

“He’s not the finished article but if Chelsea weren’t so strong, Lampard would play him every week.

“He will get to that. He will get to the stage where he plays every week because he’s got that sort of talent.”

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