Gary Linekar expressed his pleasure at seeing both Callum Hudson-Odoi and Phil Foden receive their first Premier League starts for their respective clubs.
Maurizio Sarri surprised plenty of Chelsea fans with his team selection for the fixture against Brighton & Hove Albion on Wednesday. The Italian finally gave the teenage winger a place in the starting XI after an entire season of starting Willian and Pedro in the spot.
And as per the expectations of many, Hudson-Odoi outclassed the Brighton defence with his speed, skill and attacking quality.
The 18-year-old took on the opposition defenders at will and delivered scrumptious balls into the box, one of them leading to the opening goal by Olivier Giroud. It was a complete performance from the youngster who linked up with both Eden Hazard and the French striker brilliantly in the final third.
This also came right after his first start for the England national team against Montenegro. Linekar in awareness of the future of the Three Lions, tweeted, “Good to see both @Calteck10 and @PhilFoden start a Premier League for the first time on the same night. I fancy they’ll start a lot of games together… in a white shirt.”
Hopefully, Blues fans can expect to see more of Hudson-Odoi in the starting lineup after this week’s performance.