Frank Lampard has handed Callum Hudson-Odoi a huge challenge after the youngster’s comeback in the 7-1 League Cup win over Grimsby.
The 18-year-old recovered from an Achilles tendon injury to score on Wednesday night, right upon being introduced as a substitute.
He also signed a contract extension this month worth £120,000-per-week. Being hailed as the next big star, Lampard has asked serious questions that he would like Hudson-Odoi to answer.
The Blues boss thinks Hudson-Odoi could reach Raheem Sterling’s status if he brings around the same level of work ethic.
Lampard said, “I say it as I see it. I know Callum’s talent – he has got huge talent. Hence why the club were so keen to get him signed up and we’re all delighted with that. But there’s a lot of work for Callum to do.
“Raheem Sterling is an incredible example of a player with great talent whose work ethic added to that talent and improvement through absolute dedication has made him the complete player we are all wowed by.
“He is exactly the model for Callum because he has those talents. I want Callum to be the absolute best because he has the potential.
“A lot of that is handing out some hard truths – and I saw hard truths in the game the other day – ways he can improve. He needs to listen to them and he will. And then he can be that player for us.
“Some young players need cajoling, some definitely need tough words to help them improve.”