Callum Hudson Odoi is no doubt an interesting talent to watch. Chelsea fans have fallen in love with him and have called on him to shrug off interests from other clubs and stick to the blues.
Keeping the 18 year old will however prove to be a heavy task for Chelsea and with his gaming time not yet certain, a lot has to be done to convince him to stay at the Bridge.
So what strategy should Chelsea apply in such a situation?
Well, according to Maurizio Sarri, Chelsea will need to sell a winger if they are to keep Callum Hudson-Odoi at the club beyond this season.
The Blues cruised to a 3-0 Europa League victory over Malmo on Thursday night, with Hudson-Odoi bagging the third and final goal to secure the win.
It was another impressive performance from the winger, and Sarri stated he played “very well” after the match.
The Englishman now has three goals in 14 appearances for the Blues this season, and is slowly pushing for a permanent starting spot in the team.
However, Sarri remains still reluctant to use him in the Premier League with the 18-year-old yet to start a fixture in the league.
Speculation also continues regarding his long-term future at the Stamford Bridge club following on from Bayern Munich’s failed bids in January.
When asked what Hudson-Odoi needs to do to start in the Premier League, Sarri said: “You need to understand that, in the same position, we have Pedro, Willian and Hazard, so it’s not easy for a young player to play with the consistency with his team-mates.
“I want to remind you that Callum, with this one, played 14 matches. There isn’t in England another 18-year-old player with 14 matches in the first-team. So I think that we are using him in the right way at the moment.
“Of course, the 20 matches this season will be 30 matches in the next, and 40 in two years. Also, I think that the club has to decide.
“If I am at the club and I want Callum on the club consistently, I have to sell another winger. Otherwise the manager is in trouble.”
Chelsea’s next fixture is against Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday at Wembley.
The two sides played out a repeat fixture on February 10 in the league, with Pep Guardiola’s side romping to an easy 6-0 victory at the Etihad.
Sarri’s men will be keen to gain revenge on the reigning Premier League champions this weekend in their quest to lift the first silverware of the season.