With the Carabao Cup set to return this week, Chelsea face Southampton at the Bridge tomorrow evening by 7:45 pm Nigerian time and that match offers another opportunity for Callum Hudson-Odoi to show Thomas Tuchel that he really is ready to become a starter in the team.
Last week during Tuchel's pre-match press conference ahead of Norwich's visit, the German was quizzed about whether the injury to Lukaku and Werner opens a window for Odoi to become a regular for him and his response was, 'no.'
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Tuchel revealed that Odoi would need to show himself in more than just the Norwich game, claiming he'll need about "250" games to turn his situation around.
This might sound tough and some might even say the coach is being too hard on Odoi, but this is just a method of challenging the youngster. "Tough love," it's called.
Tuchel realises that Odoi is a really talented player and he needs to do a whole lot better than he's doing now to get the chance to play regularly and show everyone his talents.
The good news now is that the 20 year old is listening to Tuchel and doing what he asks of him. Against Norwich, playing in his favourite position, Odio did his thing and even scored a good goal. But apart from the goal, he was brilliant. A really good response to the manager's tough love on him.photo credit: getty images
After the Norwich game, he opened up more as regards what Tuchel said to him personally.photo credit: getty images
"It was just to keep putting in the intensity, keep working hard and going forward and being direct, to be myself."
"And try and create as many opportunities as possible, try and score. Be decisive in the box. It was good the sort of instructions that he gave to me, playing in that position - to be free, to do what you do, and try and make things happen. It was very influential for me. It was good."photo credit: getty images
It was good to know that he's keeping his head down, listening to the manager and working hard, even though the situation for him this season has been frustrating.
I'm sure every Chelsea fan would love to see him start on the left side of attack again tomorrow night against Southampton.
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