Maurizio Sarri pleased Chelsea fans as he gave the young stars a run out during a 4-0 drubbing of PAOK in the Europa League on Thursday night and Callum Hudson-Odoi opened his senior account for the Blues with a fine strike.
The 18-year-old has been linked with a move to European giants Bayern Munich and is reportedly keen to make the switch after receiving minimal first team opportunities, but showed no signs of unsettlement as he enthusiastically celebrated his fantastic strike.
Cutting inside from the left, the winger shaped to shoot and fired a shot in low at the ‘keeper’s near post before reeling away and sliding to the corner flag as adoring Chelsea fans matched his jubilation.
The London-born academy graduate’s night got better as he curled an inch-perfect cross towards Alvaro Morata, whose emphatic header found the net.
Here’s how the Stamford Bridge faithful reacted to the starlet’s memorable 90 minutes on Twitter, with some suggesting that Willian and Pedro’s time is up.
Congratulations, CHO! He certainly enjoyed that one, let's hope it's the first of many!
Our future Hazard!
— ken Tarus (@kkipkorir) November 29, 2018
Sarri better start him / place him on the bench for premier league. Look at Arsenal, some youngsters getting place and proving that they can do it. we need the same mentality. Willian is getting old. We need hudson to slowly get subbed on every premier league game until he starts
— szsmix ⚽️?? (@szsmix) 29 November 2018
play him over @willianborges88 !!
— Ema888 (@ema8885) 29 November 2018
Popular fact: Hudson-odoi is better than Willian
Unpopular fact: Loftus-cheek was better tonight than Kante has been in that position all year
Start both Sunday.
— Chris Kirby (@chriskirby4) November 29, 2018
Please, how hard is it for Sarri to see that Hudson Odoi is miles better than Willian???
— ▫️ (@_cfcjames) 30 November 2018
Completely deserved and continue to do what you do man ?? Absolute class today and you are the future of this club no doubt ?
— Mohamed Mojo Idle (@MohamedIdle) 30 November 2018
Blistering pace and ability . This kid is very very special . We have to do everything to keep this lad happy ⚽️?
— dazluiz89 (@gillon_darren) 30 November 2018
Keep scoring and you will bench willan & pedro
— Ugwu cheta (@ugwu_cheta) 30 November 2018