Chelsea legend explains why Callum Hudson-Odoi is the key to solving Stamford Bridge woes

Chelsea legend Pat Nevin believes Callum Hudson-Odoi might just have that one element to his game that the Blues have been missing in recent weeks.

The Blues ended 2019 in poor form at home, with defeats to West Ham, Bournemouth and Southampton sealing a disappointing end to the calendar year.

In the 2-0 FA Cup win over Nottingham Forest on Sunday afternoon, Hudson-Odoi made his first start for the club since October 30 in the Carabao Cup win defeat to Manchester United.

He capped his return to the starting XI with an impressive goal and making the second, with his shot parried into the path of Ross Barkley.

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Having just recovered from a serious injury and with the form of Willian and Christian Pulisic impressing, Hudson-Odoi has found starts in the Premier League hard to come by.

But with Burnley coming to Stamford Bridge this weekend, Nevin believes it could be the perfect chance for the 19-year-old to show what he can do.

“The thing I was waiting for wasn’t the goal he scored, but that first burst of pace that took him past a defender or indeed inside to create space,” Nevin told the Chelsea website.

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“There was a decent amount of that sort of acceleration on Sunday and hopefully there is plenty more to come. Callum has many talents, but that ability to go past defenders and disrupt organised defences is priceless in the modern game.

“Actually it has always been important but it is all the more noticeable now there are fewer players who can actually do it regularly.

“This is the thing we have been missing more than anything else, at home particularly. A player who can drive past two or three defenders will be needed if we are to kill off the stuffy teams such as Bournemouth and Southampton among others.

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