UYL reaction: Edwards praises mature display and three quality goals
A place in the last-16 was the reward for a measured performance from our Under-19s in the UEFA Youth League as they triumphed 3-1 over AS Monaco in the play-off round.
Callum Hudson-Odoi is an attacking player who joined the club during his Under-8 year and has regularly been a scorer and creator of goals throughout his schoolboy years. He is a very talented, skilful individual who can play in any of the attacking positions.
A regular with our youth team in the 2016/17 season, he played a key role in our Treble-winning success at that level that year, including goals in the fifth round, semi-final and final of the FA Youth Cup. Although still a schoolboy, he represented England Under-17s at the 2017 European Championship for that age group, scoring in the final as the young Lions were ultimately beaten on penalties by Spain.
Later in the year, he featured at the Under-17 World Cup as England inflicted revenge by going all the way and beating Spain 5-2 in the final. Hudson-Odoi featured in every game at the tournament and assisted three goals against the Spanish to add another medal to his 2017 collection.
In January 2018, he made his senior Chelsea debut when he came on in an FA Cup win over Newcastle United and he made a further three sub appearances that season, including his first in the Premier League in a home match against Bournemouth. He also helped our development squad to the semi-finals of the Checkatrade Trophy and the Under-18s to another FA Youth Cup. He scored twice in the final.
Having impressed during pre-season in the summer of 2018, new boss Maurizio Sarri confirmed the teenager would be part of his squad.