Callum Hudson-Odoi has been asking to study extra video clips of himself in action to help emerge from a run of form that has seen the teenage winger criticised by Chelsea supporters on social media.
The 19-year-old, who signed a five-year contract worth £150,000-per-week in September, has not contributed a goal or an assist since October. However, he is also coming off the back of his first significant injury, a torn achilles sustained last April, and has not got too much first-team football under his belt.
That is why assistant manager Jody Morris, who worked closely with Hudson-Odoi in the Chelsea academy, believes patience is required regarding his development despite warning him that he must knuckle down to earn more regular playing time.
“Not only is he young but he hasn’t gone through too any tough spells in his life,” Morris said. “I can’t remember him having a serious injury like before and everything has been kind of plain-sailing throughout the academy. He was one of the best players in the academy for a long time.
“He did OK last year when he came in, albeit not in the bigger games. Remembering his age and the fact he hasn’t had regular first-team football and the seriousness of his injury – you have to take into account that the kid needs a bit of time.
“Can he do better? Yeah. He knows he can do better. He’s been told he can do better but at the same time there are moments where, for instance in the Southampton game [a 2-0 defeat on Boxing Day in which he was substituted after struggling in attack], he was doing really good stuff off the ball that we have been asking from him.
“Some might ask in black and white did he have the best game but there were things we were asking him to do that he was trying. That was pleasing for the manager.”
However, Morris is sure that Hudson-Odoi is putting the work in having last week asked to go through some additional footage of him in action to help understand what is going wrong and how to improve.
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