Gray insists Hudson-Odoi, 18, is ready to play week in, week out for Chelsea next season
Callum Hudson-Odoi is currently a BETTER player than Christian Pulisic, Micky Gray has told talkSPORT.
The winger, who has one year left on his current deal with Chelsea, broke into the first team under Maurizio Sarri last season and impressed with some fine displays before an Achilles injury cut short his campaign.
Pulisic, who joined Chelsea from Borussia Dortmund in January for £58m, will be the only new addition to Frank Lampard’s squad before the 2019/20 campaign.
However, Gray believes 18-year-old Hudson-Odoi possesses more quality than the American does at this moment in time.
“Hudson-Odoi, if he stays at Chelsea. Personally, at the moment, I think he’s a better player than Pulisic,” Gray told the Sports Bar. “I’ve seen him play six or seven times, and, yes, he’s got some nice ability.
“I think he’s raw, and I don’t think he’s ready to play every single week in the Premier League.”
Meanwhile, ex-Blues forward Tony Cascarino believes the current Chelsea squad at Lampard’s disposal has more than enough quality to finish above Arsenal and get into the top four this season.
“Frank’s got a better squad than Arsenal,” Cascarino said.
“He’s going to have to be expected to finish in front of Arsenal and you could argue get in the top four as well.
“People are looking at it and saying maybe they won’t get that and they should sacrifice this season, but I don’t believe for one second Chelsea Football Club will do that.”