Chelsea became the first academy team to reach the semi-finals of the Checkatrade Trophy when they beat League One Oxford United 3-0 at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night, and Blues fans were quick to praise Callum Hudson-Odoi for another impressive and influential performance.
The Blues’ U21 side were looking to reach the last four in front of first-team manager Antonio Conte, who was watching from the stands, and the Italian would have been impressed with many of the young players, including Hudson-Odoi.
The 17-year-old picked up two assists to carry on his fine run of form – he scored two and assisted three against West Bromwich Albion U18s last time out, while he scored a hat-trick for the U23s against Sunderland previously.
Chelsea supporters took to social media to give their thoughts on the forward’s latest display, and while one said “Callum Hudson-Odoi is the future of football”, another described him as “the most talented player on the pitch”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Callum Hudson-Odoi is the future of football, such a tremendous talent. He has so much potential and he's just 17. I really hope he makes it big.
— Mod (@HazardChaos_) January 24, 2018
Don't send Hudson-Odoi on loan anymore. Promote him straight to the first team – he's good enough.
— Roland Uy (@rolanduy) January 24, 2018
Hudson Odoi is really making a name in that tourney and hope he moves up the rank quickly
— coby wellington (@wellington_coby) January 24, 2018
If Hudson-Odoi was brought into the first team now then within 2 years he’d be world class and at the level of Mbappe atm
— ً (@cfcLouiss) January 24, 2018
— Ashwin Ramakrishnan (@Ashwincr97) January 24, 2018
Conte has to play Hudson odoi on the weekend. like give him 20 mins ffs
— Forbes (@Forbes_GG1) January 24, 2018
If conte doesn’t let Hudson odoi have a chance soon then I’ve had enough of him. Just play him against anyone Newcastle Sunday would do, you can see Hudson odoi has the ability
— Boss (@DeadlyBarkley) January 24, 2018
Hudson-odoi remember the name
— ?? (@simplyhazard_10) January 23, 2018
— Chelseafan92 (@foreverchels92) January 23, 2018
Hudson Odoi was effective, but he wasnt playing out of his skin, still, the most talented player on the pitch.
Comfortable win for us!
— NiiNiiFC-BlueLionsTV (@NiiNiiFC) January 23, 2018