Giroud insists Hudson-Odoi ‘needs to play more games’ for Chelsea

Olivier Giroud has said that Callum Hudson Odoi needs to play more games for Chelsea after the youngster made his first Premier League start on Wednesday.

The talented 20-year-old was afforded his first ever start in the English top flight as Chelsea beat Brighton 3-0 at Stamford Bridge, and quickly registered an assist, setting up Olivier Giroud for the opening goal of the game.

There has been plenty of clamouring from the Blues faithful for Maurizio Sarri to utilise the England international more frequently, and that is a view that seems to be shared by Giroud.

“It was a good cross [from Callum Hudson-Odoi] and a good finish. The keeper was on the ground so I put it in the air. I was happy for the team and myself,” Giroud told the BBC.

“I’m not surprised [about Hudson-Odoi]. He’s improving. He’s got huge potential. I’m sure he will become a top, top player. He needs to play in more games but it’s coming. He’s a good player and a good man in the dressing room. England can be happy to have him.

“When I’m on the pitch I try to help my team to win and try to score when I have an opportunity. We need to keep this up. We’ve shown some great character. We scored nice goals. It’s good for the future. We need the momentum now.

“It [Eden Hazard’s goal] was typically what he can do in training – dribbling past one player and shooting. The keeper was a bit unlucky with the goals because Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s goal was top corner.”