Published On: Sun, Aug 11th, 2019

Hudson-Odoi urged to snub Bayern Munich and lead Lampard’s young Chelsea stars – EXCLUSIVE | Football | Sport


That is the view of former Chelsea, Manchester City and England winger Shaun Wright-Phillips.

Hudson-Odoi will miss the start of the Premier League season for the Blues as he recovers from a ruptured Achilles injury.

The 18-year-old is back training, doing ball work but is not expected to return for a few weeks.

With European teams still able to conduct transfer business, the subject of Hudson-Odoi’s future may arise again as a new Chelsea contract goes unsigned.

Bayern Munich made no secret of their interest in the teenager but have failed to convince Chelsea to sell.

Hudson-Odoi is now in the final 12 months of his contract and in January can talk to foreign clubs about a transfer regardless of Chelsea’s determination to keep hold of him.

But Wright-Phillips, who made 125 appearances for the Blues, told Express Sport that Stamford Bridge is the best place for Hudson-Odoi for now.

“He’s in the Premier League, the best league in the world. I feel as a young player he’s got into the England setup, he plays for one of the biggest clubs in the world,” he said.

“Playing in the Premier League, in front of the fans at Stamford Bridge, there’s no better place for him. I feel like he can go to Bayern Munich in three years. As an 18-year-old there’s no rush for him right now.

“If he can play in the Premier League in Chelsea’s first team then he shouldn’t need to leave just yet.”

The need to keep hold of Hudson-Odoi is heightened by the departure of Eden Hazard this summer to Real Madrid.

With a transfer ban hanging over the club new Chelsea Frank Lampard has had to contend with not being able to replace the Belgian and instead put faith in the young talents at his disposal but Wright-Phillips feels the youngsters can shock everyone.

“It is a massive blow [losing Hazard]. It would be a massive blow to anybody to lose a player like that,” he said.

“But with the players like Callum [Hudson-Odoi], [Ruben] Loftus-Cheek, when they’re fit, Christian Pulisic and Mason Mount, they are going to shock a lot of people because they are very good talents.

“People have seen Loftus Cheek for England and what he is capabilities are and if he brings that to Chelsea and the other players pick up, they have no problems.

“For me, I think Willian is one of the best and he doesn’t get as much credit as he deserves.

“When I see them play, especially when they get on the ball, like Callum, it gets you on the edge of your seat.

“When I first started as a winger it was about the entertainer. You go on, you dribble at people and create chances. I think fans want to see that and Chelsea have the wingers to do that.”

Last season, as Man City and Liverpool, battled each other for the title, Chelsea were embroiled in a four-team race for the Champions League.

However, Wright-Phillips says adopting an old tactic from Jose Mourinho can put the Blues in the title hunt.

“I don’t think Manchester City and Liverpool will be that far apart from the rest of the teams. But I still feel it will be them neck and neck,” he said.

“No matter what we think or say, the only way they can stay with them is by winning. Beat the team you’re supposed to beat then draw or get a win against the bigger teams around you.

When I was at Chelsea, I wouldn’t say it was a tactic, but we knew that if we beat everyone around us home and away, against the bigger teams you could afford to get a draw.

“Now with the way City and Liverpool are playing it’s different. But effectively, if you beat all the teams below and around you, you’re always in with a chance. And if they can do that, I don’t see why [they can’t challenge].

“But Liverpool lost the league on 97 points. Who loses the league on 97 points? Football has changed and evolved a lot.”

Shaun Wright-Phillips was speaking at the finals of the #BetRegret Cup, part of the nation’s largest safer gambling campaign, Bet Regret. For more info, visit https://www.begambleaware.org/betregret/



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