When Maurizio Sarri joined Chelsea, there was an expectation that judging by past history, he isn’t that likely to put his trust in young players. At Empoli he did use some academy players, but very rarely at Napoli.
Many experts said this is due to him not having good enough talent in the Napoli academy to use. But others doubted such sentiments, and claimed that he is just not a manager who will ever put his trust in the youth.
These doubts continued to reign over his first half season in charge at Chelsea, where he hasn’t exactly been forthcoming in his desire to pick the youngsters. This of course you can understand to a point, with the expectations the clubs board members lump on their managers to win trophies and succeed.
With that said, frustrations have grown from Chelsea supporters when it seemed Sarri had ignored the likes of Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ethan Ampadu, when presented with great opportunities to use them more. Instead he’s continued to opt for out of form players such as Willian and ageing defender Gary Cahill.
Today, in what seems to be a turning point for Sarri, it finally seems that he’s prepared to lay his trust in the fore mentioned youngsters.
Sarri had this to say about sought after winger Callum Hudson-Odoi…
“Hudson-Odoi is ready. We have very important players in the same position. I can play with only two wingers on the pitch. I think he is ready. He can play, sometimes he will be on the bench, like others, but now I can consider him the same level as Pedro and Willian”
This is a big statement from the Head Coach, who has previously insisted that Hudson-Odoi needed to make improvements to the tactical and defensive side of his game, in order to be considered more often.
This time, Sarri claims he’s ready, and is considered in the same light as Willian and Pedro.
As if that wasn’t enough to get your juices flowing, Sarri also gave a reassuring trust in the ability of Ethan Ampadu.
When asked about Gary Cahill leaving, and any potential replacement coming in. He simply said that he won’t need one, due to having Ampadu.
Great news for both youngsters who have clearly gained the managers trust, finally. These are two class talents, and I’ve maintained for some time that if you put either of them in the starting eleven right now – they’d do more than a great job.
Let’s hope now that Sarri can manage to fit them in with some more regular roles in the first team.