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Lampard convinced Hudson-Odoi is now playing better

Chelsea manager, Frank Lampard, is convinced Callum Hudson-Odoi is playing better than ever.

The England Under-21 winger has featured only sporadically for Chelsea this season but has scored twice in his last three appearances.

And ahead of Tuesday’s clash with Leicester City, Lampard said the 20-year-old will get more opportunities.

“He’s definitely playing well and improving and I think it’s a little bit of a lazy stat, the one about where we are scoring when he’s on the pitch, but he’s directly involved in goals, assists and scoring,” Lampard told reporters.

“I think those are good stats. But he is, for me, making assists and scoring goals, he is playing at a really high level where we saw him last year, recovering from an injury. I think his confidence visually to beat his man, go one-versus-one, which he has to be about, wasn’t quite there.

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“We have to understand that because he’s young and he’s come off the back of a really bad injury. Now we’re seeing that come back and we’re seeing him run behind the line, hence when he scores against Morecambe – I know it’s Morecambe, but he breaks the line and scores a goal.

“He’s doing that much more regularly now, which is what I ask from him. So his progression is there and he’s getting his chances and he will get more chances.

“At the end of the day, and I’ve said this after the game the other night, Christian Pulisic came to the club and had, in the end, a really good record of goals and assists – the best in his career – by the end of the season.

“Hakim Ziyech has come in and had a really good patch for us. Callum’s raised his game, so Callum will get his opportunities. There’s no doubt about that because he’s playing well, he’s playing better than I’ve seen him play for us and really contributing.

“That’s from his own hard work and natural talent. It’s good to see.”

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