Maurizio Sarri can say what he likes about Callum Hudson-Odoi, but it’s his actions that really matter – to both us and the player himself.
Sarri has spent the week waxing lyrical about the young Englishman. He is clearly impressed with the progression he has seen from the player.
You get the feeling that Hudson-Odoi has never had a better opportunity to force his way into the Chelsea starting eleven, but as it always has been, it’s out of his hands.
Callum has done everything that he can. He needs Sarri to reward him for his hard work and good performances, rather than decide to continue overlooking him.
Tonight provides a chance for Sarri to prove that Hudson-Odoi’s inclusion midweek was not solely due to him wanting to shuffle his pack. He has to start him.
Even the blind could see that Hudson-Odoi is more effective out on the right than both Willian and Pedro – and it’s not even his natural position.
If Sarri drops him, following a superb performance against Brighton, it proves that we have made no progress at all on this front.
We’ll be keeping our fingers tightly crossed.