Hudson-Odoi makes Chelsea a better team, says Gudjohnsen

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The 18-year-old winger made his first Premier League start on Wednesday and the former Iceland star is sure he is ready for more

Callum Hudson-Odoi is ready for an important role at Chelsea as he makes look like a better team when he plays, former star Eidur Gudjohnsen says.

The 18-year-old winger has made 20 appearances for Maurizio Sarri's team, but started a Premier League game for the first time on Wednesday when the Blues beat Brighton 3-0.

But the academy graduate had grown frustrated with his lack of regular playing time at Stamford Bridge, leading to him handing in a transfer request to force a January move to Bayern Munich, who say they will return for him in the summer.

Already capped twice for England, Hudson-Odoi has recently been the subject of great praise from coach Sarri, team-mates Eden Hazard and Olivier Giroud as well as the likes of Wayne Rooney, Peter Crouch and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.

And ex-Chelse and Barcelona striker Gudjohnsen is the latest to join in, saying Hudson-Odoi's impact on the team shows he is ready to become a first-team regular.

“As a young player coming through, you have to take your chances and use the opportunities well," Gudjohnsen told Talksport.

"Every time he’s been given a chance, he’s shown that he’s got the qualities, tremendous quality. 

“You do always feel that with Hudson-Odoi on the pitch, Chelsea look like a better team.

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“He’s young, he's got time but he’s shown that he’s ready and we would love to see a talent like that on the pitch even more.”

Chelsea sit fifth in the Premier League and level with Arsenal, who have a better goal difference and have played a game less.

The Blues are in action again on Monday when they host West Ham before turning attention to their Europa League campaign, facing Slavia Prague in the first-leg of their quarter-final tie.