How Callum Hudson-Odoi can squeeze into Chelsea team after impressing vs Krasnodar

Callum Hudson-Odoi marked his return to the Chelsea side with a goal in their 4-0 Champions League win away at Krasnodar on Wednesday night.

The 19-year-old was handed his first Blues start since a similar 4-0 victory over Crystal Palace on October 3, with Frank Lampard dropping him to the bench in recent outings against Southampton, Sevilla and Manchester United.

And eight minutes before half-time he opened the scoring for Lampard’s men out in Russia, albeit thanks to some poor goalkeeping from Krasnodar shot-stopper Matvei Safonov.

When Kai Havertz picked him out in the box, Hudson-Odoi took one touch out of his feet and pulled the trigger, with the ball slipping through Safonov’s hands and into the back of the net.

Callum Hudson-Odoi (right) marked his return to the Chelsea side with a goal in their 4-0 win away at Krasnodar on Wednesday night
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While it wasn’t exactly a Goal of the Season contender, the teenage winger produced an impressive performance for Chelsea and will have undoubtedly pleased Lampard.

But with Christian Pulisic fit and firing again, and new signing Hakim Ziyech also up and running after recovering from a knee injury, how can he squeeze into the Blues side?

Lampard may have set Chelsea up in a 3-4-3 away at Manchester United last weekend, yet his preferred formation this season appears to be a 4-2-3-1.

The 19-year-old opened the scoring and generally impressed in a comfortable victory out in Russia
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In that system, Hudson-Odoi is competing with Pulisic, Ziyech, Mason Mount and Kai Havertz for a place in the Blues’ three-man attacking midfield.

Both Mount and Havertz operate primarily in the centre, meaning it should be a choice between Hudson-Odoi, Ziyech and Pulisic in the two wide positions.

However, Lampard is also prepared to fit Mount into his XI out wide, while Timo Werner has sometimes been deployed on…


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