Maurizio Sarri explains why he dropped Callum Hudson-Odoi from Chelsea’s starting XI

Maurizio Sarri revealed he dropped Callum Hudson-Odoi from Chelsea’s starting XI to face Newcastle to try and solve his side’s goal-scoring issue.

Prior to Saturday’s Newcastle fixture, the Blues had only managed to find the net three times in their last four matches, with two of those goals coming over Championship side Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup.

And while transfer speculation surrounds Hudson-Odoi’s future and whether he will depart for Bayern Munich this month, Sarri insisted his omission from the starting line-up was just a tactical one.

When asked why he preferred Pedro to Hudson-Odoi, Sarri said: ‘Pedro is very important for us, for characteristics.

‘He goes into the spaces and so I think that in this moment that Pedro is very important for us.

‘We have to solve one problem so we have to try with Pedro.’

The 18-year-old started in Chelsea’s last two fixtures against Spurs and Forest, while Pedro sat out.

However, Hudson-Odoi is far from a regular starter for the London club, playing just eight games this season.

It is currently unknown if he will be a Chelsea player by the end of the January transfer window, with Bayern still said to be interested in the player.

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