Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi has struggled for most of the season with injuries but once he returns, Frank Lampard seems to have already drawn out a plan for him.
According to Jamie Redknapp, Lampard wants the youngster to emulate Liverpool’s Mo Salah and Sadio Mane in order to reach the next level.
Writing in his weekly column, Redknapp said, as quoted: “Liverpool are cruising to their first championship in 30 years and Saturday’s victory over Bournemouth was their 22nd consecutive home win — a new record in the English top flight.
“And yet, amid all this, their No 9, Roberto Firmino, has not scored a single goal at Anfield in 2019-20. How remarkable is that?
“Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane have contributed 16 and 10 in all competitions by comparison, and this highlights two things. It shows the way the Premier League champions elect to use Firmino as a link-up man and also the importance of the modern-day winger’s ability to get goals and assists.
“I spoke to Frank Lampard about this at Chelsea’s training ground recently. Frank told me he’d been speaking with Callum Hudson-Odoi and said he’d told the 19-year-old: ‘Look around, at Mane, at Salah, and ask why they are racking up numbers. If you want to play as a winger at a top club, you have to get numbers.’
“Then Hudson-Odoi scores a tap-in against Burnley by arriving at the back post, and Frank tells me it’s probably his favourite goal this season! Why? Because his wide man was there, getting in the box at Turf Moor.
“Right now there is an onus on wingers to do that. That is the way the game has evolved, and Liverpool are at the forefront of this. Firmino comes short for the ball, creates space for others, connects attacks and creates opportunities for his team-mates who love to come inside.”
Can Callum Hudson-Odoi emulate Salah & Mane?
Right now, the first big challenge for the youngster is to come back completely fit and get some game time under his belt.
This season, Callum Hudson-Odoi has played in only 17 Premier League games and there’s no way that he can have the same impact as Salah or Sadio Mane by playing so little football – that too when mostly he’s coming off the bench.
Also, another major factor for the Chelsea boss to consider is the fact that there’s a big chance that Hudson-Odoi tries to move out of the Premier League during the summer transfer window.