Frank Lampard says Sterling can be the perfect role model for Hudson-Odoi

  • Posted on: 16 November 2019

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has said that Callum Hudson-Odoi has the potential to be the complete player and he should learn from the progress of Raheem Sterling. The England international made his long-awaited comeback against Grimsby Town in the League Cup third round and he has since earned some Premier League minutes off the bench against Brighton & Hove Albion.

He was able to leave a mark in both games with a goal and an assist respectively and Lampard has no doubt that the club graduate can become a top performer, should he follow the right path, he told reporters: "I know Callum's talent and he's got huge talent, hence why the club was so keen to get him signed up and we're all delighted with that. But there is a lot of work to do.

"Raheem Sterling is an incredible example of a player with great talent whose work ethic added to that talent, and an improvement in a short period of time through absolute dedication to a complete player that we are all wowed by. (That) is exactly the great model for Callum because he has those talents. And I want him to be the best, the absolute best, because he has the potential to do that.”

Hudson-Odoi’s future was a general topic of discussion throughout the summer and there were suggestions that he could leave on a free transfer at the end of the season. However, the arrival of manager Frank Lampard changed his mind after the Blues legend opened the opportunity for younger players to lay their mark on the club’s proceedings.

Hudson-Odoi recently penned a new five-year contract with the Blues and the future looks bright for the west London giants with Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham, Fikayo Tomori, Marc Guehi and Reece James among the other young graduates, who have already impressed under Lampard. Chelsea are scheduled to play Lille in the Champions League during their forthcoming game.