Maurizio Sarri has come under immense scrutiny in recent weeks for his treatment of Callum Hudson Odoi and is being touted as one of the biggest reasons the talented Englishmen could exit Stamford Bridge.
All that could change after the Italian’s latest comments where he mentions the prospect of handing Odoi much-needed game time on a regular basis.
Speaking at his pre-Cardiff press conference, Sarri said: “I don’t know. I know very well the situation.
“Last season Callum was only 17 and he played three or four matches. This season he is very young, at the moment he has played, I don’t remember, 19 or 20 matches.
“The evolution is the right one. Probably he will play 30 or 35 matches in the right season. With Callum we are on the right path.
“We have to play eight matches in 28 days, so he will start in two or three matches.
“For every competition there is no difference, so I am really very confident with him.
“He has started a lot of matches, not in Premier League, but by chance, it is not a problem for him to start a Premier League match, he is ready.
“But I can only play with two wingers, we have Hazard, Pedro, Willian. Probably in the near future he will start in 75 or 80% of matches.”