Maurizio Sarri reveals why Callum Hudson-Odoi is not ready for first team football

Callum Hudson-Odoi is a fantastic player, however Sarri fears playing him too regularly could veer him out of course.

The teenager whipped a late effort at the back of the net as Chelsea sailed on a comfortable three-goal gap ahead of the return leg next week Thursday of the Europa League round-of-16 tie against Dynamo Kiev.

In a game where Chelsea were without playmaker Eden Hazard, the Blues outshone their Ukrainian opponents, bossing possession as Dynamo Kiev scrambled all over the pitch.

Pedro’s flick efforts and Willian curler from a set piece into the roof of the net should have sealed it for the Blues who had their opponents completely pegged back.

Hudson-Odoi’s cameo late on, sealed the damage for the former Europa League winners giving Sarri’s side a good amount of lead when they meet again on 14 March in Kiev for the return leg.

Hudson-Odoi has four goals clipped to his name, and has proved on many occasions why he deserves to be played.

“He (doesn’t) have to do anything to convince me because I am convinced that he is a very great player,” says Sarri, who fears heaping to much pressure on the youngster could hamper his development as a player.

What he needs, Sarri says is for him “to improve – to improve, tactically, mentally and physically” without pressures from the club, fans or the media.