Callum Hudson-Odoi did not see Stamford Bridge on Saturday in seven years.(Lampard’s Chelsea.)
In his 92 minutes on the pitch, shortly before arriving at a grand reception, the winger scored five goals for the home side.
This made him the first teenager to make a number of chances in a Premier League match for Chelsea since Romelu Lukaku in May 2012, when the Blues won 2–1 over Blackburn Rovers.
Hudson-Odoi was four years younger to his debut for the Under-18s at the time, highlighting the lingering influence of a young player who is fast becoming the real star of Frank Lampard’s Chelsea.
He missed the first six league games of the season as he worked back from a serious Achilles tendon injury. Chelsea won only two of those games against Norwich City and the Wolves.
Since his three matches, he has taken nine points, and Hudson-Odoi has provided three assists, the most recent being a cushion pass that allows Marcos Alonso to finally find a way past excellent Newcastle United goalkeeper Martin Dubravka’s past Allows After Michael Owen set goals in three consecutive games, he was made the second youngest player in Premier League history.
Lampard has won the Playdits for Chelsea’s commitment to young English talent – even if his hand was forced by the club’s transfer ban – and Newcastle’s Saturday defeat saw them lose five English in league games for the first time since February 2013 Saw players starting.Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, Ross Barclay and Fikayo Tomori have repaid their boss’ confidence with demonstrations that have helped Chelsea climb to third in the table as Manchester United lost 4–0.
It was Hudson-Odoi, who stood above the rest, though. Packed Newcastle were assured of every touch near the penalty area, every pass intelligent and forward thinking and, 80 per cent of the time, right on the mark. After being cheated and frustrated by Steve Bruce’s men for so long, Hudson-Odoi stopped preparing Alonso for success.
Chelsea are on a five-game winning run in all competitions and Hudson-Odoi has scored or assisted in each of them. Little wonder Chelsea fans were relieved to see his proposed switch to Bayern Munich earlier this year. Lampard is cultivating a young, vibrant side and Hudson-Odoi is its undisputed creative heartbeat.