Peter Crouch believes Chelsea should follow Liverpool’s example by ‘cashing in’ on Callum Hudson-Odoi.
Hudson-Odoi enjoyed a breakthrough season for Chelsea during the 2018-19 season when he scored four goals in nine Europa League matches.
The 19-year-old winger only scored three goals in 33 appearances in all competitions last season, however, and has seemingly fallen down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge.
The arrival of summer signings Kai Havertz and Hakim Ziyech has put even more pressure on Hudson-Odoi to perform.
On Saturday, it was reported that Chelsea had rejected a loan offer including a £70 option to buy from Bayern Munich.
The German champions have been persistently linked with Hudson-Odoi over the past 18 months and Crouch believes the time may be right for Chelsea to ‘cash in’ on the youngster.
Premier League champions Liverpool recently sold Rhian Brewster to Sheffield United for £24m and Crouch says Chelsea could follow suit by offloading Hudson-Odoi.
The former England striker told BT Sport: ‘It comes down to what Frank thinks of the player. It’s clear he has potential and he will improve.
‘But has he improved since he was that 18-year-old who burst onto the scene and took our breath away? Maybe not.
‘I don’t think he’s improved at the level that I think they would have thought he would.
‘Maybe it’s time [to cash in]. You look at Liverpool cashing in on Rhian Brewster…
‘If you can get a buy-back clause and a potential sell-on fee it might not be a bad deal given the amount of money and the investments Chelsea have already made.’
Hudson-Odoi made a rare Premier League start for Chelsea in the 4-0 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Speaking after the emphatic victory, Blues boss Lampard said: ‘There is a lot of reactionary stuff about us because of expectation.
‘I do think people have to remain calm – that’s how I have to be, I can’t get caught up in it. It’s my job not to be reactionary and not get too upset or down.
‘We got a lot of credit for coming fourth [last season] and we are not going to go from there to 100 instantly. We are a work in progress but I am up for that work and so are the players.’
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