Callum Hudson-Odoi is making a name for himself under Frank Lampard this season after extending his contract with Chelsea recently amidst Bayern interest.
However, the story wasn’t all that bright the previous season when Hudson-Odoi was still trying to enter the first team.
The English youngster showed a glimpse of his talent which was enough for Bayern to take the bite and try to bring him in as a replacement for “Robbery” who left the club this summer.
Piet de Visser currently works as a recruiter for Chelsea, and he recognized Hudson-Odoi’s big talent early on.
Talking to De Volkskrant, Visser opened up about Odoi’s situation last season, and, quoting Standard, said:
“Hudson-Odoi, he didn’t want to sign.
“I told Chelsea: never lose Hudson-Odoi. He will be the new Hazard. But Marina [Granovskaia, Chelsea chief executive] said: he doesn’t want to sign.
“And you know why not? Because Sarri didn’t play him. Then Sarri was instructed to deploy him, and he was their best player. And he signed for four [sic] years.”
With Lampard taking over, the change took place, too, as the Chelsea legend put his faith in the youngsters.
“I enjoy young players. Lampard gives six or seven boys of the academy opportunities. That is the future,” Piet de Visser said.
“Lampard is a special type. He doesn’t talk much, but he is a boss. He sees football well. I followed him at Derby County.
“I wrote to Marina: fantastic football. Derby lost the final of the play-offs for promotion just from Aston Villa.
“The coaches at the academy are among the best youth trainers in the world. Lampard took a few of them into his staff at Derby County.
“They are back now and know all those young boys. That works perfectly. I hope that Lampard stays for ten years.”