Paolo Odogwu needs time to rediscover his best form, Wesps coach Lee Blackett insists … with winger going 11 WEEKS without a game after England’s disappointing Six Nations campaign
- Paolo Odogwu was selected by England in January after a stunning wasp shape
- But he stayed in the hotel throughout Eddie Jones’s Six Nations campaign
- Lee Blackett warned not to expect immediate fireworks from the rejected back
Paolo Odogwu needs time to reach the heights of form he showed before the Six Nations missed an English cap, says his Wasps boss.
The powerful 24-year-old backing was selected by Eddie Jones in January after a stunning Premiership form, but then left the England hotel for 11 weeks without a game.
So ahead of Wasps’ European Champions Cup last 16 draw against Clermont this weekend, coach Lee Blackett warned not to expect immediate fireworks from the disfellowshipped Odogwu.
Paolo Odogwu needs time to reach the heights of form, said Wasps boss Lee Blackett
Odogwu was called up for the Six Nations, but then left England without a game for 11 weeks
“If he rightly leaves and then doesn’t play for 11 weeks, it will take some time to get him back to the form we got him in,” Blackett said.
Hopefully he can do it on the weekend. I’m sure he can. From a club’s selfish standpoint it is frustrating that he was unable to get some playing time for England.
Paolo was given a reason why he wasn’t playing, and that stays between those guys, but I don’t think he was a million miles away in every way.
Blackett (left) warned not to immediately expect fireworks from Odogwu, who was denied his first English cap by Eddie Jones (right)
“I don’t think Eddie would have kept him in if he didn’t like him. He’s done some nice things.
‘He was frustrated not to play like any player would be, but I think he’s generally excited to come back and play, but I really think he enjoyed the experience.’
Prior to the knockout stage, European organizers have banned face-to-face celebrations, said there should be no post-match meetings in changing rooms and in the case of Covid cases that force a cancellation, the club that is not at fault , continue unless there are other mitigating measures. factors.