3 Chelsea youngsters on the brink of a first-team breakthrough
Oli Gent of the Mirror takes a look at three Chelsea youngsters who can break into Sarri's first-team plans this season
"There was talk that Hudson-Odoi would be spending the season on loan at Derby County under the guidance of Chelsea legend Frank Lampard, but Sarri has dismissed those rumours after the youngster flew out of the blocks in their pre-season tour with some outstanding performances on the left flank in Eden Hazard’s absence. "Hudson-Odoi is a very young player. We have to wait,” the former Napoli gaffer said. "He will be a very, very strong player. He will stay with us for all the season." This could be a promising sign for the man with a big future, who could end up starting in the Community Shield against Manchester City. A real prospect, and one that Chelsea cannot afford to let go."
"After some flashes of brilliance at the World Cup, it seems as though Loftus-Cheek will finally get his chance to prove himself as a potential first-team regular at Stamford Bridge. A standout star in Crystal Palace’s miraculous rise up the table last term, the Englishman delighted the Blues faithful by turning up early for the start of his pre-season. He is the complete midfielder; 6’3”, powerful, speedy and purposeful - on his day the midfielder seems almost unstoppable."
"The former Exeter teenager was signed by Antonio Conte to fit into his back-three as a ball-playing defender, but now that that plan has been scrapped, Ampadu is in a bit of a muddle. Despite Chelsea’s options in the heart of defence being strong, the Welshman is a reliable backup option to have and has bedded into the side well since his big jump up the pyramid. It remains to be seen as to whether Ampadu will be used domestically, but he will most certainly get more chances to impress in the domestic cups and possibly the Europa League if Sarri decides to use Thursdays as an opportunity to rest his big names."
"Sarri had this to say in a recent press conference when asked about Ampadu and Hudson-Odoi’s chances this season: "I don’t know if they will play this season in the Premier League. But I know that these names will be very famous in the next years." Only 17, Ampadu is well on his way to becoming a first-team regular at the Bridge if he recognises his full potential."