Former England manager Glenn Hoddle has claimed Callum Hudson-Odoi has the potential to become a better player than Willian or Pedro.
Hudson-Odoi is one of the most exciting wingers in the game right now and has been tipped to become a world class player, but there is a lot of speculation surrounding his future as he would prefer to get a lot more game time than he has currently been receiving under Maurizio Sarri.
He was introduced in the 78th minute of the Europa league win against Dinamo Kiev, but was an immediate impact as he got himself on the scoresheet as we ran out comfortable 3-0 winners.
And Hoddle said the teenager was capable of becoming ‘far better’ than Pedro and Willian, who both also scored against Kiev.
‘I think he’s an immense talent,’ he said on BT Sport.‘What I’ve seen at youth level and when England [Under-17s] won the World Cup, he looks the part, he looks intelligent.
‘I look for intelligence in a young player, not what he can do with the ball, it’s where he will be in five years’ time. ‘Will he be far better than Willian? Will he be far better than Pedro? Probably, if he’s given the chance.
‘He’s got to get the chance to go in there and get the experience under his belt. He’s got immense talent, he looks the part but he needs the time to play.
‘He hasn’t played enough. He’s not played 20 games, the minutes equate to eight-and-a-half matches. They’re talking about selling him for £40m. He’s not proven anything yet. Eight-and-a-half games is nothing.’
Meanwhile,Maurizio Sarri has claimed putting too much pressure on Hudson-Odoi is a very dangerous game.
He put in another impressive performances in the Europa League as we beat Dinamo Kiev 3-0 and even managed to pick up another goal, despite the fact he started on the bench. And that lack of starts under Sarri has led to a lot of speculation that he actually wants to leave the club in the summer.
Bundesliga Champions Bayern Munich have already expressed their interest in a deal for Hudson-Odoi with three bids, while there is growing interest from both La Liga and Serie A.
When asked if Hudson-Odoi can fulfill his promise, Sarri said on the Sky Sports website: “I am convinced, he doesn’t have to do anything to convince me. He is a very good player. He needs to improve. At 18 he can’t be at the top.
“He will be ready to be at the top at 22 or 23 years. We need to improve without the media of the pressure of the media, fans the club. His training is really very good.
“When you have pressure when you are 18 it is dangerous, you can lose the target. The target is to improve. So it is dangerous. This is why I don’t like to speak about him.”
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