The manager of Chelsea football club, Frank Lampard is happy with the productivity that Callum Hudson-Odoi and Billy Gilmour bring to his team and tipped them to be in the club’s starting eleven soon.
Callum Hudson-Odoi and Billy Gilmour are products of Chelsea’s youth system who have not been able to fully establish themselves at the club. Gilmour who had his breakthrough at the club last season has been struggling with injuries and has managed to make just two league appearances for Chelsea this season.
The 19-year-old Scottish center-midfielder played a vital role in Chelsea’s FA Cup third-round win over Morecambe FC on Sunday, January 10, scoring his first goal for the London club this season.
While Hudson-Odoi continued to knock on Chelsea’s starting lineup which he has failed to fully break into since last season. So far this season, the 20-year-old English left-winger has managed to make 8 league appearances mostly from the bench. He has scored 2 league goals and made one assist this season.
Job done!! Solid team performance , ⚽️+🅰️, on to the next game🤝 pic.twitter.com/lbpbYUCUGw— Callum Hudson-Odoi (@Calteck10) January 10, 2021
He also performed wonderfully well for Chelsea when the club played against Morecambe FC on Sunday. The youngster scored a goal and provided an assist in 80 minutes of football.
After the FA Cup match that ended 4-0 in favor of Chelsea, coach Frank Lampard assessed the performance of Callum Hudson-Odoi and Billy Gilmour and affirmed that they are making him happy.
“Callum is improving and improving, yet there is also much more to come from Callum,” said Lampard. “I think his application in training, his desire to look at his game, is great.
“And his goal was a fantastic example of someone running to break the lines and ending up where a striker would be. That is what modern-day wingers have to do.
“In terms of how long until he makes his case, he’s making it now. In this team, we have three natural wingers and another who can play in that position.
“At times I am going to have to make selection decisions and sometimes he will be in, and other times he won’t be.
“But right now the way he is playing, he’s assisting and scoring goals and that is making me really happy.
“There has been an uplift from Callum and there are more gears for him to go up. When he is playing like he’s playing, it’s good to expect more from him.
“I think Billy Gilmour is pushing too and I think Billy has been pushing since he made his breakthrough last season against top-level opposition Liverpool.
“He played brilliantly then, got man of the match, and reproduced that against Everton, but then his injury came pretty soon after that.
“From those moments and even before, I knew Billy would be a very, very good player for this club, to say the least, even at his young age.
“He came in and moved the ball well and he did it when he came on against Man City last week.”
Callum Hudson-Odoi and Billy Gilmour are expected to play a part in Chelsea’s Premier League game against Fulham which has been rescheduled to take place on Saturday, January 16.
Chelsea need to win the match to move up the ladder from the 9th spot which they are currently occupying with 26 points in 17 league games.