Frank Lampard thinks Chelsea star is ready for first Champions League start

Chelseas head coach Frank Lampard applauds the Chelsea fans afterduring the Premier League match between Chelsea and Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge, London on Saturday 19th October...

Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi has claimed three assists in his last three appearances for the Blues.

Frank Lampard, Manager of Chelsea celebrates victory following the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge on October 19, 2019 in London, United...

Frank Lampard has told Football London that Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi is showing signs that he is ready to play in the Champions League now.

There are huge hopes for Hudson-Odoi at Chelsea, and he has returned from injury in fine form.

The 18-year-old has been given a run of starts by Lampard in recent weeks, with the Chelsea wide-man claiming three assists in as many Premier League matches.

Hudson-Odoi could now be given his first ever start in the Champions League later this evening, when Chelsea take on Ajax.

And Lampard says that he thinks that the England international is showing glimpses of the player he could become, after an excellent performance against Newcastle United at the weekend.

 

"I think he is but so are other players,” Lampard said, when asked if Hudson-Odoi was now ready to start in Europe’s biggest club competition.

“There comes my problem for selection for games because I have a competitive squad of players that some are fresh to the Champions League, some have been before.

"Isolating Callum, I thought his performance against Newcastle showed huge signs of what we want to see. We know the talent there. It’s great his contract is signed now, weeks ago.

"I thought the problems he gave Newcastle consistently were things that I really want to see from him which are end product, delivery into the box, getting at people, running behind people, all those things are what we all know Callum has as a young talent.

Callum Hudson-Odoi of Chelsea looks on during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Chelsea FC at St Mary's Stadium on October 06, 2019 in Southampton, United Kingdom.

"There’s no guarantees there but he is and I think for all the young players, the extra level that the Champions League is, in terms of detail, focus, concentration for 90 minutes, making the most of tiny moments, will be a test for all the young players, not just Callum.”

If Hudson-Odoi is given his first Champions League start later it will be a test for the Chelsea academy graduate.

Ajax have been in fine form this season, and reached the semi-final of the competition last season.

Chelsea would take a huge step closer to progressing from their group if they are able to pick up a result in the Dutch capital.

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