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The youngster failed to convince Sarri he was worthy of a regular starting berth.

Former Chelsea goalkeeper Robert Green says Callum Hudson-Odoi is a level above the other young players in Frank Lampard’s squad. Hudson-Odoi notched up an assist on his first Premier League start since April as the Blues won 4-1 away at Southampton on Sunday.

Maurizio Sarri’s reluctance to give Callum Hudson-Odoi regular Premier League minutes left Chelsea’s first-team stars scratching their heads. But former Blues boss Sarri handed him just 10 appearances in the league last season, with six of those coming off the bench.

The youngster has been injured for much of this season so far, but has already played in almost a third the amount of minutes under new boss Frank Lampard as he did last campaign.

Despite being only 18 years old, the player was lauded by the former Chelsea stopper Rober Green as “consistently the best in training”, claiming he was blown away by the youngster last year.

“He is a confident lad, really happy just playing his football and he has got such a brilliant mind for playing,” Green told BBC Radio 5Live. “I would say he’s a level above Abraham, Mount and Tomori.

“We were in the dressing room last season and the players were saying ‘how is he not playing?’

“He was going out in training and, some of the best defenders in the world, tearing them apart. He would be consistently the best trainer in training, some of the best players in the world would be standing there applauding what he was doing.

“There is no such thing as nerves for him. He just tries anything he wants and, because he is that good, it will usually come off.”



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