Frank Lampard has confirmed Callum Hudson-Odoi and Reece James are in Chelsea’s squad for Saturday’s clash with Brighton – which talkSPORT will cover LIVE as part of GameDay.
The two highly-rated youngsters both played the full 90 minutes of Wednesday’s Carabao Cup defeat of Grimsby, and both got on the scoresheet to give fans a taste of their talents.
Hudson-Odoi was already a member of the first-team squad before suffering an injury towards the end of last season, but James had never before played for Chelsea and had to wait for his debut after coming down with an ankle problem over the summer.
And after impressing on their first appearances of the season, Hudson-Odoi and James could feature in the Premier League this weekend.
Chelsea take on Brighton on Saturday afternoon – with talkSPORT 2 bringing you full LIVE commentary of the match – and Frank Lampard confirmed the talented teenagers are both part of his squad.
“They are in the squad,” said Lampard at his pre-match press conference. “They performed well the other day. I was delighted for them to score.
“It was good for the home fans to see Reece, and great to see Callum back.”
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Another of Chelsea’s youngster, Fikayo Tomori, has enjoyed a superb season so far after impressing while playing under Lampard at Derby last term.
And the Blues boss said he has already established himself as one of Chelsea’s first-choice defenders, saying: “He’s one or two as it stands.”
Lampard also discussed the latest injury news, Chelsea’s poor home record, and Christian Pulisic’s lack of game time during his press conference. You can read the best bits, below…
On latest injuries and team news
“Rudiger is out. Toni has got a recurring injury in the groin; he still has some pain. Andreas [Christensen], should be okay. A bit of pain but not a risk.
“Olivier [Giroud] is over his illness. It left him pretty weak and he has got some strength. Emerson is out until other side of the international break with a hamstring injury.
“Ruben [Loftus-Cheek]… no date but he is jogging outside.”
On wait for first home Premier League win
“The fact we haven’t won at home is something we want to correct. We need a similar performance to Liverpool. If we get that level then I expect we can do okay.
“We have had a run of home games, but we have to respect Brighton.”
On his young squad
“I think the fact we are seeing a great number of them on the pitch speaks for [this being the best group of young players].
“As a group yes, there is a lot of work ahead of them. The step into the first team is the easier one, now it’s about staying in it.
“They all seemed very comfortable. It was a different game to a Premier League game, but they are confident lads. They have every grounding and base needed.”
On the fight for the top four
“We want to be competitive and get into the top four. I think from the way that we have played and there are lots of moments where we have showed confidence.”
On his role and the coaching staff
“A huge part of any manager’s role is to not just work on the pitch, but to pass on more knowledge and be there.
“I try to do that. I want them to feel that they’re there. Sometimes I might not be so nicey nicey.
“The coaching staff is a huge part of what we have going forward. Neil Bath’s work has been going forward a lot of years. We have to continue that at this level.”
On Christian Pulisic
“I have got four wingers now that they are all fit. It’s normal to have an adaptation. He has shown some good moments.
“We must give him a bit of time to adapt because of youth, change of league and living.
“They are all different, have different pathways. We know he has played in the Champions League.”