By Daniel Feliciano

7th Aug, 2022 | 8:10pm

Frank Lampard must use Chelsea connections to bring Callum Hudson-Odoi to Everton

It seems to be common place for everyone that Chelsea look to get rid of within a certain budget is linked with a move to wherever Everton boss Frank Lampard is.

Conor Gallagher, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Armando Broja, Levi Colwill, Michy Batshuayi and Ross Barkley have all been rumoured to be on the Everton radar during this summer transfer window alone, yet none look remotely close to being part of the squad at Goodison Park this summer.

But a new name has emerged following the clash between the two clubs on Saturday afternoon, where Chelsea claimed a 1-0 win on the opening day of the Premier League season.

Callum Hudson-Odoi was left out of the squad after he reportedly asked the club to leave [Telegraph, August 7] for more regular first-team football elsewhere.

The 21-year-old winger has been tried as a winger and a wing-back under Thomas Tuchel since the German’s arrival at the club, but he has yet to establish himself as a regular within the side.

Enough seems to be enough now and he looks set to move on, potentially on loan, but for once Lampard should absolutely be using his Chelsea connections to get a deal done.

The club are currently in a position where they’re really struggling for creativity and goals in attack, and Hudson-Odoi has the quality and profile to come into the team and offer a huge boost.

He’s quick, tricky, versatile and most importantly a huge threat in the opposition third with crosses into the box as well as shooting from a variety of angles.

It’s believed that Hudson-Odoi signed a big money contract to stay put back in 2019 to fend off interest from Bayern Munich, but he’s never really kicked on since and it’s likely that he’d take a cut to get regular game time elsewhere.

If there was ever a time for Everton to use those Chelsea links that Lampard has to bring in a top player of quality, the time is now.

He would be in instant upgrade on current wide options and would have a huge point to prove going into the new season that he is capable of performing to a high level at the highest level.

Lampard will know him well from their time together at the club, while Hudson-Odoi will no doubt look up to the England legend as someone that will help him develop and learn.

It seems like a perfect recipe for all parties, even if it is only a loan deal and while there is competition from the likes of Leicester City and Southampton this is a deal that is certainly open to getting done rather quickly if they really put their mind to it.