Sarri right! Arsenal legend has £60m Hudson-Odoi message for Chelsea fans
Arsenal legend Paul Merson has told Chelsea fans that Maurizio Sarri is making all the right decisions over starlet Callum Hudson-Odoi.
Hudson-Odoi, 18, scored his fourth Chelsea goal in Thursday’s Europa League victory over Dynamo Kiev, as he once again showed the kind of quality and potential that has made him a firm fans favourite at Stamford Bridge.
However, there has been a lot of transfer speculation that he wants out of the club at the end of the season with Bayern Munich reportedly all set to revive their interest at the end of the season, with the winger reportedly keen to make that step into the Bundesliga.
Hudson-Odoi has only made four Premier Leagues starts under Sarri and many are starting to question the Italian’s tactics for not playing the young winger, Merson says Sarri is right to use the teenager sparingly.
The Arsenal hero told talkSPORT: ‘I wouldn’t play Hudson-Odoi at the moment. I think he’s got to be patient. Pedro’s playing well at the moment. He’s turned it around. This is the player who came from Barcelona, he’s playing that way at the moment.
‘I think Willian’s a top player as well. Them three [with Eden Hazard] all sing off the same hymn sheet, they’re experienced players who have played with each other for a long time.
‘Hudson-Odoi doesn’t buy into that at the moment. He won’t play one-twos and flick balls round the corner. He’s an out-and-out winger. ‘Give him the ball, he’ll isolated his defender and take him on. He needs to improve his game.
‘The longer he’s there training with quality players, and with this appeal which has just gone down, stay at Chelsea because you’re going to get games now.’
Is Merson right on Hudson-Odoi?
A lot of people have had their opinion on the situation Hudson-Odoi faces, but Sarri must know what he is doing with the young lad to not give him the kind of game time that many feel he deserves.
But they are playing a dangerous game, as the young man will surely become one of the best wingers in the game.
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