Chelsea: Lampard pleased with Morecambe win
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard insists Callum Hudson-Odoi’s current performances are making him “really happy” but declared the winger also has “much more to come”.
Perennially linked to Bayern Munich, Hudson-Odoi has managed two goals and two assists in his last four appearances across the Premier League and FA Cup, despite starting only two of those matches.
The 20-year-old, tied down at Stamford Bridge until June 2024, has five goals and two assists this season in 16 games, only eight of which have come as starts.
The immense quality of competition for attacking places at Chelsea mean speculation has tipped the academy graduate to depart in the near future.
But Lampard is full of faith in the England international and challenged the wide-man to find his next few levels as he continues to develop.
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The Chelsea manager’s comments come after Hudson-Odoi scored one and set up another in the 4-0 win over Morecambe on Sunday.
Lampard said: “Callum is improving and improving, yet there is also much more to come from Callum.
“I think his application in training, his desire to look at his game, is great.
“And his goal today was a fantastic example of someone running to break the lines and ending up where a striker would be. That is what modern-day wingers have to do.
“In terms of how long until he makes his case, he’s making it now.
“In this team we have three natural wingers and another who can play in that position.
“At times I am going to have to make selection decisions and sometimes he will be in, and other times he won’t be.
“But right now the way he is playing, he’s assisting, scoring goals and that is making me really happy.
“There has been an uplift from Callum and there are more gears for him to go up. When he is playing like he’s playing, it’s good to expect more from him.”
Billy Gilmour was another to impress against the League Two Shrimps in the holding midfield role with the Scot making just his fifth first-team appearance of the season due to injury.
“I think Billy is pushing and I think Billy has been pushing since he made his breakthrough last season against top-level opposition against Liverpool,” Lampard said.
“He played brilliantly and got man of the match and reproduced that against Everton in two games then his injury came pretty soon after that.
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“From those moments and from before I knew Billy would be a very, very good player for this club to say the least even at his young age.
“He’s pushing. He came, moves the ball well, he did it when he came on against Manchester City last week.”
Having defended Timo Werner and Kai Havertz, who also scored against Morecambe, Lampard also added: “When you talk about the academy players – people talk about and I talk about the youth of this squad performing very well for us.
“What we can’t ask the youth of this squad sometimes is to be absolutely consistent and be killers like other players in the league are in terms of the numbers they produce and consistently produce.
“That will come for our lads but at the moment their contributions are good. Callum and Mason as well.”
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