Chelsea first team coach Maurizio Sarri has revealed that Callum Hudson-Odoi cannot let the start mess with his head.
The Italian further went on to illustrate what he made of the youngster’s debut performance and also the dilemma he’s posed with after the match:
“He smiled. He’s a good boy.
“Of course, now, he can risk stopping to improve because he can risk thinking that he is a player at 100 per-cent, but that’s not true.
“It’s impossible to be at the top when you are 18.
“He needs to improve, he can improve, and I want him to improve. He can become one of the best players in Europe.”
But Sarri – quizzed as to whether Hudson-Odoi’s performance against the Seagulls meant it would be difficult to leave him out against West Ham next Monday (8pm) – insists the youngster must adapt to a role on the right.
He explained: ”Callum is on the left, the best of Hazard is on the left, the best of Willian is on the left, but I have only one [starting position on the] left.
“So two of the three can play, of course, but one has to adapt himself on the other side, as Callum did in this match for 80 minutes.”
Sarri also seemed pretty confident of keeping hold of the Englishman in the summer saying:
“They are, at the moment, very important players. But the potential is higher.
“So, in the future, they can become top players. I think, for this team, the future could be good.”