Callum Hudson-Odoi is criticised for his ‘very strange’ misplaced pass to Mason Mount that saw Chelsea give up a glorious chance to kill off Brighton by Eni Aluko and Gus Poyet after Blues slipped to a stoppage-time draw
- Callum Hudson-Odoi led a two-on-one Chelsea counter attack against Brighton
- But his pass destined for an unmarked Mason Mount somehow found a defender
- The attacking breakdown at 1-0 proved costly after Brighton later equalised
- Former Chelsea stars Eni Aluko and Gus Poyet were critical of the forward
Callum Hudson-Odoi has been told he must ‘be better’ after squandering an excellent chance for Chelsea to kill their game off against Brighton on Wednesday night.
The Blues were 1-0 up following a first half-header from Romelu Lukaku, when Callum Hudson-Odoi broke to lead a two-on-one counter attack in the second half.
But despite only having to square a pass for an unmarked Mason Mount inside the box, the Blues forward somehow played his pass straight to Brighton defender Joel Veltman who intercepted the ball before clearing the danger.
Callum Hudson-Odoi was criticised for failing to make the most of a Chelsea counter attack
The opportunity proved costly for the Blues who later conceded a stoppage time equaliser after a Danny Welbeck header to fall eight points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City after drawing 1-1.
Former Chelsea forward Eni Aluko blasted Hudson-Odoi for failing to make the most of the opportunity.
‘At this level you’ve got to be better,’ she told Amazon Prime. ‘It’s a 2 v 1 situation, maybe he needs to release it quicker. But you’ve got to make that pass, you have to make that pass.
Hudson-Odoi was later substituted in the game to make way for midfielder N’Golo Kante
‘That’s the difference potentially between winning the game and getting a sickening equaliser at the end and drawing the game.’
Ex-Chelsea midfielder Gustavo Poyet echoed Aluko’s sentiments while also admitting he was left confused how he could only pick out Veltman among his range of passing options.
‘I’m surprised he needed to pass. It’s not like he tried to pass over the defender or around him,’ the Uruguayan added.
‘He hit the defender straight away. That’s very strange. Normally you miss that pass in behind because the other player is too far ahead of you or you try to play it too clever.
Eni Aluko (left) and Gus Poyet believed Hudson-Odoi should have done better with his pass
‘He didn’t do one or the other. He just hit the defender. Very strange.’
Hudson-Odoi was later booked and then substituted on a subdued evening for the for the 21-year-old with co-commentary pundit Andy Townsend also critical of his costly error.
‘You’ve got to exploit that. That must end up with an attempt on goal,’ the former Chelsea midfielder said.
‘It’s the decision from Callum Hudson Odoi – it’s that end product, those key moments he’s got to do better in.’
‘He’s worked hard, it’s just those big moments, just those big decision to make – if he can start getting those right he will develop much quicker as a player.’