Chelsea fans expected to see the much-anticipated first-team debut of Callum Hudson-Odoi in their opening Europa League match against PAOK on Thursday, but Maurizio Sarri opted not to include him in the team, not even on the bench.
Sarri named the teenager in his squad to travel to Greece but went for a rather strong line-up and bench with Willian captaining the team.
Hudson-Odoi made his professional debut for the Blues from the bench at the beginning of the year in a 3-0 win over Newcastle United in the FA Cup. He also got his first Premier League cap as a substitute a few days later in a match that saw Chelsea lose 3-0 to Bournemouth at home.
But, many thought he would be a regular figure in the Europa League this season, but following Thursday’s selection it seems that Sarri is cautious of giving younger players game-time with the likes of Ethan Ampadu also not featuring in the match.
Here are some of the Twitter reactions by Chelsea fans:
Hudson-Odoi and Ampadu not even on the bench is frustrating.
— Chelsea Extra 🏆 (@CFCExtra) September 20, 2018
No odoi or ampadu? pic.twitter.com/gSdEKvnViY
— ً (@ManLoicRemy) September 20, 2018
Hudson-Odoi & Ampadu not even on the bench.
I’ll say it again… this is a CHELSEA problem, not a Sarri problem. History proves this theory right.
— Alex Goldberg (@AlexGoldberg_) September 20, 2018
Are people really shocked that Hudson-Odoi and Ampadu don’t even make the bench? Again, don’t trust ANY #Chelsea manager when it comes to youngsters.
— Chelsea HQ (@Chelsea_HQ) September 20, 2018
Don’t like the bench at all. The starting 11 I expected but for Hudson-Odoi and Ampadu to not even be on the bench is a joke. Players like Moses blocking their progression is so frustrating #cfc #chelsea
— Chloe Pearce (@TheBlueLioness) September 20, 2018
Every Chelsea trying to figure out why there is no Ampadu or Hudson Odoi in the squad.
Actually sad pic.twitter.com/RPpxSfaHSN
— Tom 🏴 (@ProlificPedro11) September 20, 2018
Chelsea could be playing the Sisters of the Poor, or the school for the blind and would still find an excuse for why Hudson-Odoi couldnt play. “Oh, we dont wanna risk Sister Margaret pushing forward on that flank.”
— HazardousMaterial (@MastaBlasta20K) September 20, 2018
We should have tried Hudson odoi @ChelseaFC
— Akhil Lazer (@AkhilLazer) September 21, 2018