Chelsea's Callum Hudson-Odoi still needs to prove Premier League credentials

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Chelsea welcome Fulham to Stamford Bridge this Sunday and it will be extremely interesting for those perpetually interested in the transfer rumour mill as to whether a certain defender features at all on the pitch in West London.

Goals from Olivier Giroud (2), Callum Hudson-Odoi (1) and Alvaro Morata (1) ensured victory for Maurizio Sarri's side at Stamford Bridge.

Hudson-Odoi, one of the most highly-rated youngsters in England, has struggled to gain any notable playing time under manager Maurizio Sarri despite impressing in pre-season, Europa League ties his only current outlet for first team action.

He said he studied Ranieri's teams from afar, notably the Leicester side he coached to a remarkable Premier League title in 2016.

"If he is able in the Premier League at 18, especially in a big team, he will be the best player in Europe in two or three years", said Sarri, who believes the forward must improve defensively.

While some pondered on how hard life at the Bridge has become for the 27-year-old, the prospect of Hudson-Odoi becoming the long-term successor to the Nigeria brings a little respite to Blues downside the Atlantic. We needed only to play in the offensive phase.

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Having seen Giroud's recent goalscoring prowess, Sarri has no option but to give the former Arsenal striker a benefit of doubt by starting him in more Premier League fixtures.

The central midfielder has only played 48 minutes of Premier League football this term, however, and his future has been the subject of much speculation.

I have been to (Cobham) - he was very kind with me.

England global Barkley played the entire 90 minutes of Thursday's 4-0 thrashing over the Greek side.

"I think that, first of all, we approached the match very well", Sarri said.