Chelsea’s season gets underway a week earlier than most Premier League sides this Sunday, facing reigning champions Manchester City in the campaign curtain raiser – the Community Shield.
And while it’s a valuable opportunity for Maurizio Sarri to really test how quickly the Chelsea squad is adapting to his methods after two seasons under Antonio Conte, it’s also a chance to see how some of the youngsters to feature for the Blues in pre-season can cope against the toughest opposition in English football right now.
The most prominent of those has undoubtedly been winger Callum Hudson-Odoi, who has earned rave reviews throughout the summer in the absence of Eden Hazard and Willian. So we asked Chelsea fans earlier this week whether Sarri should give the teenager another chance to impress on Sunday and the response was an emphatic yes.
Indeed, 95% of the near 1000 voters who took part in our poll were in favour of Hudson-Odoi starting in Sunday’s Community Shield final, in a huge endorsement of the youngster’s potential. Are there any other young talents you’d like to see starting against City, Blues fans? Let us know by commenting below…