Former Chelsea star Joe Cole has praised rising star Callum Hudson-Odoi after the winger made his full England debut against Montenegro.
Hudson-Odoi has had a break-out season for the club this year and his performances for the club have been exciting to say the least, with many Chelsea fans now believing that he could be the long-term successor for the departing Eden Hazard.
And although Hudson-Odoi has struggled for Premier League action this season, England boss Gareth Southgate gave him his first England start against Montenegro on Monday, with the talented 18-year old winger showing just why the likes of Liverpool, Manchester United and Bayern Munich have all shown an interest.
And Cole explained what makes Hudson-Odoi such a dangerous operator from personal experience, telling the official Chelsea website: ‘I actually trained with Callum when I was coming back from America.
‘I was lucky enough to train with the Chelsea Under-18s, and I saw him first hand. He actually stood me up a couple of times! You can’t catch him. Even at an older age for a footballer you can sort your feet out and stop them going by you, but with that pace and power there’s nothing you can do.
‘With his quality once he flips it on his right foot and goes outside you he has gone. You have to be a very, very good defender to combat it.
‘The slight mistake he made in the first half for the [Montenegro] goal is a learning mistake. It’s something an 18-year-old would make. But what he brings you is power, pace, directness, and fearlessness. He is a great player and he can be even better. He needs to develop and he is getting better and better every time I see him.’