Yesterday’s match marked Callum Hudson Odoi’s first appearance after his injury. The winger had suffered from a ruptured Achilles tendon last April which kept him off the pitch.
Hudson Odoi’s 89th minute was stunning but the Chelsea Boss insisted that the player needed to learn more if he wanted to become a Chelsea regular. Lampard was not impressed by the winger’s first half performance.
According to the head coach, the 18 year old ignored instruction to tail Grimsby’s defense. Seems like the coach had some serious one-on-one with the winger in the locker room as his performance improved in the second half.
Although there are high expectations on the young player, the manager agreed that Hudson-Odoi had much to learn. The Academy product nearly left Stamford Bridge for Bayern Munich but after signing a five year contract with the Blues, he stayed on.
Other than Odoi, Chelsea featured five more youngsters on the pitch; Reece James, Billy Gilmour, Marc Guehi, Tino Anjorin and Ian Maatsen. In the 7-1 romp against Grimsby town, James netted an impressive long-range goal and provided two assists.
On Reece, Lampard commented that the right-back has a bright future and was a great asset to the team. He also acknowledged the fact that Reece has Cesar Azpilicueta to look up to.
Reece’s long shot had fans commenting that Azpilitueca’s days were numbered. Even with the win, Chelsea has failed to register a clean sheet which is another headache for Lampard. Hopefully, the next matches will be more fruitful, stay tuned.