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14:30  21 october  2019
14:30  21 october  2019 Source:   fourfourtwo.com

Chelsea revival continues with 4-1 league win at Southampton

  Chelsea revival continues with 4-1 league win at Southampton SOUTHAMPTON, England (AP) — Chelsea's revival under Frank Lampard continued Sunday with a 4-1 Premier League win at Southampton that stretched the team's winning run to four games across all competitions. Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and N'Golo Kanté scored in the first half, before Christian Pulisic set up fellow substitute Michy Batshuayi for Chelsea's fourth goal in the 89th minute. Callum Hudson-Odoi returned for his first Premier League start of the season in the only change Lampard made to the side that defeated Lille 2-1 away in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Callum James Hudson - Odoi (born 7 November 2000) is an English professional footballer who plays as a forward or winger for Premier League club Chelsea and the England national team.

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Chastened by the memory of what came before, English football has to tread carefully with developing talent. That’s about self-preservation as much as anything else, because there isn’t a supporter in the country who, at one point or another, hasn’t gone early, hasn’t misdiagnosed greatness, and hasn’t expected an academy prospect to glide to the top of the game.

It’s wilful denial, really, because everyone craves the opportunity to latch on to a player. They want the chance to sing about him being one of their own and to claim the superiority gleamed from success which doesn't depend on the transfer window.

England U21 5-1 Austria U21: Eddie Nketiah grabs hat-trick and Callum Hudson-Odoi scores two including brilliant solo effort as Aidy Boothroyd's side maintain perfect qualifying start

  England U21 5-1 Austria U21: Eddie Nketiah grabs hat-trick and Callum Hudson-Odoi scores two including brilliant solo effort as Aidy Boothroyd's side maintain perfect qualifying start JACK GAUGHAN AT STADIUM MK: A triumph for England's trialling, Austria were demolished by the tinkerers on a night that will prompt real optimism. This Under-21 squad have only been only been together for two camps, using them to try different styles and find fresh ways of playing. It also helps when your No 9, in this case Eddie Nketiah, bags a poacher's hat-trick.This was evidence that altering formations – they played three separate styles – should work moving forward.

Callum Hudson - Odoi only played the first half against Perth Glory on Monday. That was not entirely unexpected as Sarri rotates his squad through the pre-season games and puts each of them under the microscope. Hudson - Odoi was in the starting lineup on Saturday once again — it was in fact the

Callum Hudson - Odoi has shined at Chelsea since Eden Hazard' s departure. But what I notice the most about Hudson - Odoi and probably his biggest similarity to Hazard, is He is still a very young player, so this isn’t me heaping pressure on his shoulders claiming he has replaced Hazard at Chelsea.

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 19: Marcos Alonso of Chelsea celebrates with teammate Tammy Abraham as Callum Hudson-Odoi jumps on top after scoring his team's first goal during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge on October 19, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Chris Lee - Chelsea FC/Chelsea FC via Getty Images) © 2019 Chelsea FC LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 19: Marcos Alonso of Chelsea celebrates with teammate Tammy Abraham as Callum Hudson-Odoi jumps on top after scoring his team's first goal during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge on October 19, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Chris Lee - Chelsea FC/Chelsea FC via Getty Images) Why is it, for instance, that Phil Foden remains front and centre of Manchester City’s commercial output? Because the optics are alluring. He remains only tenuously relevant to the first team, but what he represents is still so powerful. He looks like a fan and he sounds like one too. In today’s world, where football’s values are so synthetic, that kind of authenticity is a priceless commodity.

Chelsea star Hudson-Odoi targeting more goals after return to fitness

  Chelsea star Hudson-Odoi targeting more goals after return to fitness The 18-year-old scored twice for England Under-21s against Austria on Tuesday and is hopeful his form in front of goal will continue for his clubThe 18-year-old scored twice for England Under-21s in their 5-1 win over Austria on Tuesday, volleying in the opener from Max Aarons' cross before adding a second just before half-time following a mazy dribble from within his own half.

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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard praised Callum Hudson - Odoi for his performance against Newcastle but also challenged the youngster to get even better. Frank Lampard issues Callum Hudson - Odoi challenge over Chelsea star’ s 'special stuff'.

The cost of it, though, is the tendency to often see attributes which don’t really exist. Not in Foden’s case, because as soon as he’s allowed off the substitutes’ bench he’ll become a very fine player, but it is a common phenomenon.

But it’s not one which applies to Callum Hudson-Odoi.

MILTON KEYNES, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 15:  Callum Hudson-Odoi of England during the UEFA Under 21 Championship Qualifier between England and Austria at Stadium MK on October 15, 2019 in Milton Keynes, England. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images) © 2019 Getty Images MILTON KEYNES, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 15: Callum Hudson-Odoi of England during the UEFA Under 21 Championship Qualifier between England and Austria at Stadium MK on October 15, 2019 in Milton Keynes, England. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

When Chelsea’s attitude changed towards their academy, there was always the risk of an over-compensation. So far they’ve avoided that, because the players promoted have been absolutely of the required standard. Perhaps Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori remain under evaluation for now, with their further opportunities conditional upon next summer’s transfer activity, but Mason Mount is very obviously good enough and there's nothing vague about Hudson-Odoi's future, either.

Chelsea 1-0 Newcastle United: Alonso fires Lampard's men to laboured victory

  Chelsea 1-0 Newcastle United: Alonso fires Lampard's men to laboured victory Chelsea were made to work for three points against Newcastle United, who succumbed to a Marcos Alonso goal in the 73rd minute.The vigour evident in a 4-1 victory over Southampton a fortnight ago largely eluded Frank Lampard's men on their return from the international break but inspiration eventually arrived in the 73rd minute.

Callum Hudson - Odoi once again was the key man for the West London side, with the 18-year-old Denied Andy Carroll from getting on the end of a free-kick in what was his only major contribution of Somehow managed to head wide when it looked easier to score after being found unmarked in the

Picture of Hudson - Odoi side-eyeing Sarri from Chelsea bench goes viral after youngster fails to get on again during Man Utd defeat in FA "Is it a politcal move from the manager because it ’ s a stupid one if it is." Callum Hudson - Odoi was an unused substitute against Manchester UnitedCredit: Reuters.

Even less so after this weekend and another descriptive performance against Newcastle.

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 19: Callum Hudson-Odoi of Chelsea runs with the ball during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge on October 19, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Chris Lee - Chelsea FC/Chelsea FC via Getty Images) © 2019 Chelsea FC LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 19: Callum Hudson-Odoi of Chelsea runs with the ball during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge on October 19, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Chris Lee - Chelsea FC/Chelsea FC via Getty Images) What’s really striking about Hudson-Odoi is not actually the way he carries the ball. That's mesmerising enough, yes, and there’s something alluring and smooth about how he runs at defenders, but what really widens the eyes is his feel for the game.

What does that mean? Loosely, it’s about decisions. We’re trained to notice a young player’s obvious virtues – speed, skill - at the cost of attributes which more accurately measure his worth. So, while Hudson-Odoi's current reputation has been constructed from his dynamic qualities, his future will likely be defined by his capacity to plot his way through games, adjusting his play to specific situations.

That might be a bit of a generalisation or slightly premature – there’s the ghost of Danny Cadamarteri – but that was certainly the impression he left on Saturday. Hudson-Odoi has revealed his thrusting class before, with those knifing runs and that cut-inside-and-hit style, but it was revealing to watch him become increasingly involved in the play against Newcastle, even though the conditions within the game changed.

Lampard: Hudson-Odoi needs to learn from Sterling and Jorginho

  Lampard: Hudson-Odoi needs to learn from Sterling and Jorginho The wonderkid didn't have it all his own way in the midweek Champions League clash but the Blues boss thinks it will be a learning experienceThe Blues boss was instrumental in getting Hudson-Odoi to remain at Stamford Bridge as Bayern Munich tried to sign the 18-year-old with his previous contract expiring at the end of this season.

Still, it should be a good chance to rotate the squad and to continue regaining confidence after the Hudson - Odoi and perhaps even Trevoh Chalobah (who can also play both defense and midfield) My guess is that we’ll bank on Hull City being terrible to get away with some risky choices in either

Gianfranco Zola has told Callum Hudson - Odoi to be patient and wait for his chance at Chelsea. Hudson - Odoi is reportedly a target for Bayern Munich and is mulling over his options, including an offer to “We certainly value him as a player. I know he hasn’t played probably as much as he wanted

A teenage footballer generally has one gear. As he acquires more experience, he may develop the dexterity to evade the tactical attempts to constrain him, but in the beginning he's at the mercy of those variables. He either plays well or he doesn't and once he's been marginalised from a game he rarely returns from its periphery. Even at this early stage, though, that seems to be a point of difference with 18-year-old Hudson-Odoi.

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 19: Callum Hudson-Odoi of Chelsea battles for possession with Matthew Longstaff of Newcastle United during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge on October 19, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images) © 2019 Chelsea FC LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 19: Callum Hudson-Odoi of Chelsea battles for possession with Matthew Longstaff of Newcastle United during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge on October 19, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images) The emblem for his performance against Newcastle was his contribution for the only goal. It was a good ball for Marcos Alonso, nicely weighted and directed, but it was surprising to see him in that position at all – in the number ten, playmaking pocket on the edge of the box, acting as the move's pivot. What it indicated was his capacity to recognise how he could be influential within the game. Newcastle became increasingly more defensive across the afternoon, successfully blocking off the central areas and restraining Mount and Abraham particularly well.

Pulisic showed the full package – Lampard 'absolutely delighted' for Chelsea hat-trick hero

  Pulisic showed the full package – Lampard 'absolutely delighted' for Chelsea hat-trick hero Chelsea youngster Christian Pulisic marked his first league start since August with a hat-trick and earned the praise of boss Frank Lampard.United States international Pulisic scored with his left foot, right foot and his head to give Chelsea a three-goal lead in Saturday's Premier League clash at Turf Moor.

Callum Hudson - Odoi and Christian Pulisic impressed Frank Lampard on Saturday as Chelsea won a fifth Frank Lampard praised the performances of Callum Hudson - Odoi and Christian Pulisic after "The end product will come even more with Callum . Coming inside and getting his shots away, he

Hudson - Odoi is most effective when operating from the left of attacking midfield or as part of a front three. A player blessed with pace and agility, he can slalom through defences while It ' s safe to say he has the senior players' approval too, as Cesar Azpilicueta praised the youngster's performance.

When Hudson-Odoi applied his ability in that area, though, they couldn't cope. Tiny, tiny moment although that was within the game, it was still the difference between one point and three. Specific to him, it was also evidence of additional gears - a reluctance to be a victim of a game's changing shape, and a determination to ad lib in pursuit of relevance.

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More broadly, it demonstrated the great deal of thought within his game. Most of his touches came on the left-hand side in more normal positions, but his influence wasn’t mechanical. Most often, young wide-forwards play precisely as they've been instructed, which results in inefficiency. They do what they've been taught, rather than reacting to what they see. What Hudson-Odoi is showing, particularly since recovering from his Achilles injury, is a reflexive craft which most of his peers just don't have at 18.

The pass for Alonso was just the latest example. At the weekend, his cross for Willian in the first-half should have resulted in a goal, as might that prodded, inside ball for Mount a few minutes after. Those weren’t percentage passes, they were picked properly and perfectly for what they were aiming to achieve – just as that lofted through-ball for Abraham had been at St Mary’s, or the back-post cross that Willian scored from in Lille.

The portrait is of a really developed footballer. A thinker. Hudson-Odoi is a mind worth admiring, not just a pair of quick feet. He’s English and therefore we run the risk of embellishment and, potentially, parody in the event of his career plateauing, but this must be one who it’s okay to get excited about.

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Dyche reveals warnings over diving complaints .
Burnley boss Sean Dyche has revealed "prominent managers" have warned him he is hurting his career by continuing to provide vociferous opposition to diving. Dyche's latest comments came last weekend after Callum Hudson-Odoi was booked for simulation in the box during Chelsea's 4-2 victory at Turf Moor."We've got a meeting coming up with the Premier League and it is one of the talking points, so that could be interesting," said Dyche. "I'm not backward in coming forward. © Reuters "I've been told by other prominent managers to stop going on about it because it will affect my career.

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