Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is apparently ready to allow young attacker Callum Hudson-Odoi to leave the club on loan, with the player having failed to impress in recent months.
The 19-year-old was tipped for big things following his Blues debut back in January 2018, before going on to become the youngest ever player to start a competitive game for England in the Three Lions 5-1 win over Montenegro over a year later.
Having burst onto the scene, Hudson-Odoi was then the subject of interest from Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich, the German side failing with a £35m bid as the youngster went on to sign a five-year contract extension with the Blues in September 2019.
However, despite that initial success, the wideman has struggled for regular game time at Stamford Bridge, making just seven starts last season as the Blues went on to secure a fourth-placed finish.
This indifferent recent form and the arrival of a new crop of attacking talent has potentially put his place at the club at risk, 90min reporting that Lampard could be set to allow the youth product to leave the club on loan this summer.
The report suggests that questions over the player’s attitude of late have sparked concerns over is suitability to the current Chelsea squad, while the Blues extensive summer recruitment will only serve to hamper his game time further.
The club have already made six major signings this summer, including the attacking trio of Kai Havertz, Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech – all of whom will no doubt push Hudson-Odoi further down the pecking order.
That being said, with both veteran stars Willian and Pedro having departed the club earlier this summer, the need for depth in the attacking ranks may make club legend Lampard think twice about sanctioning any loan deal – unless an attractive offer is received.
Any potential deal would also not alter the club’s perspective of the youngster, with it still hoped that he can be a firm fixture of the Chelsea set up in the long-term.