Callum Hudson-Odoi tells Maurizio Sarri how he can solve all his problems against Tottenham

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 25: Callum Hudson-Odoi of Chelsea holds off Aleksei Rios of FC BATE during the UEFA Europa League Group L match between Chelsea and FC BATE Borisov at Stamford Bridge on October 25, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri has somewhat of a selection problem ahead of this week’s Carabao Cup semi-final first-leg against Tottenhama Hotspur.

Olivier Giroud and Pedro are injury doubts for the game at Wembley Stadium, while attacking midfielder Willian is almost certainly out of the game with a calf injury and new signing Christian Pulisic is back at Borussia Dortmund on loan.

Eden Hazard could return to the starting XI after missing the FA Cup win over Nottingham Forest at the weekend and Alvaro Morata could retain his place after scoring twice.

But who completes the front three remains to be seen.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek is a candidate if Pedro doesn’t make it, but wonderkid Callum Hudson-Odoi has thrown his name into the hat.

The teenager was impressive against the Championship outfit – amid links to Bayern Munich – and has explained how he’s the perfect option to slot in on the right-wing and solve Sarri’s problems.

“Variety, I can play both. One the left I was getting joy as well,” he told reporters.

“As soon as I got onto the right side I had more opportunity to get on the ball and dribble at them so switching over was a good situation and it proved today that it works.

“You’ve got to be positive. You can’t always dribble someone. As you get the ball you’ve got to feel to get into the game. As soon as I got the ball I thought he looked a bit shaky so had a go at him straight away and I got the beating of him, so I was thinking to myself throughout the game what other ways I can get through him.

“I can’t always dribble him. Keep it simple. Keep it moving. Eventually, as the game opens up and space appears, there will be a chance to keep getting at him.”

With the January transfer window in full swing, football.london want to hear from Chelsea fans on the business they want to see from the club in the first month of 2019 and their view on the season so far under Maurizio Sarri.

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