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Callum Hudson-Odoi has been told by Chelsea boss Frank Lampard that he must improve

Callum Hudson-Odoi told to follow the example of ‘incredible’ Raheem Sterling after Chelsea boss Frank Lampard gave youngster a half-time dressing down in Grimsby win

  • Callum Hudson-Odoi scored on his first start since April in the Carabao Cup
  • The 18-year-old winger signed a bumper five-year deal earlier this month
  • Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has warned the youngster that he must improve 
  • Hudson-Odoi was given a half time dressing down in 7-1 win over Grimsby 
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Frank Lampard says Callum Hudson-Odoi can be the ‘absolute best’ if he listens to some home truths – and follows the example set by Raheem Sterling.

Hudson-Odoi scored on his first start since April after a successful recovery from a gruesome achilles injury in Wednesday’s 7-1 League Cup mauling of Grimsby.

Yet the Chelsea boss gave the 18-year-old winger, who signed a bumper five-year deal earlier this month, a half-time dressing down after he ignored instructions to get behind Grimsby’s defence.

Callum Hudson-Odoi has been told by Chelsea boss Frank Lampard that he must improve

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Callum Hudson-Odoi has been told by Chelsea boss Frank Lampard that he must improve

Despite scoring on his Chelsea return, the youngster was given a dressing down in their 7-1 win

Despite scoring on his Chelsea return, the youngster was given a dressing down in their 7-1 win

Despite scoring on his Chelsea return, the youngster was given a dressing down in their 7-1 win

‘I have to say it as I see it,’ Lampard said before today’s visit of Brighton.

‘I know Callum’s talent. He’s got a huge talent, hence why the club were so keen to get him signed up. We are all delighted as a club. But there is a lot of work for Callum to do. Lots of work.

‘And I think you can look around at some fantastic examples. I don’t like to talk about other club’s players, but Raheem Sterling is an incredible example of a player with great talent whose work ethic added to that talent and improvement in a short period of time through absolute dedication and complete player that we are all wowed by. He is a 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. 

The youngster  has been told to learn from the example set by Manchester City's Raheem Sterling
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The youngster  has been told to learn from the example set by Manchester City's Raheem Sterling

The 18-year-old has been told to  follow the example set by Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling

‘Some of that is from hard truths. And I saw some hard truths at the game the other day and ways that he can improve. He needs to listen, and he will, and then he can be that player for us which is great news for everybody.’ 

Hudson-Odoi was one of six teenage players who finished the game against Grimsby and Lampard is enjoying nurturing the different talents of the club’s next generation 

‘They’ve all got different personalities. Some of them need cajoling. Some of them definitely need some tough words at times to help them improve. 

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‘And that’s where my job is really interesting because I love seeing improvement and progression. And with these players, no matter what the changes in their personality they all want to be the best player they can be for Chelsea, which I love.’ 

Lampard spoke of his surprise at former rival Marcelo Bielsa and Leeds winning fair play award

Lampard spoke of his surprise at former rival Marcelo Bielsa and Leeds winning fair play award

Lampard spoke of his surprise at former rival Marcelo Bielsa and Leeds winning fair play award

While Lampard would not comment about the goings on at former club Derby, he admitted to his surprise when he heard FIFA had awarded a Fair Play award to Marcelo Bielsa and Leeds.

The eccentric Argentine boss admitted to spying on opponents – among them Derby County – in January, and was hit by a £200,000 fine by the EFL.

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Leeds were handed the award in Milan this week for allowing Aston Villa to equalise at Elland Road in penultimate game of last season. The game finished 1-1, a result which confirmed Sheffield United had pipped Leeds to an automatic promotion spot.

‘I did smile. Do we know who votes for these things?’ Lampard said. ‘Listen, everyone knows what happened at Derby with Spygate, very well documented. They got fined. The rules changed because of it. I felt it was improper – I don’t have to say any more.’

‘To get a fair play award off the back of that, I thought it was irony at first. It wasn’t. It seems strange to me.’