Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has hailed Callum-Hudson Odoi ahead of Wednesday's clash against Sevilla in the Champions League.
Hudson-Odoi missed out Chelsea's 0-0 draw with Tottenham on Sunday and Lampard made his actions speak as loud as his words, handing the forward a start.
"I have tough decisions when we have a fully fit squad, that we pretty much do now, to leave players out that work hard through the week and are desperate to play for the club," he said.
"I have to make that decision, so I did speak to him personally, because I wanted him to understand where he was at, he is getting better for me and there will be times where other players have to sit out and that conversation will be with other players. He's back in contention for tomorrow and I want to see more of the same. I want him to stay positive, which is part of my job as well.
"He'll get minutes tomorrow, it's up to him to then keep showing when he plays that he deserves to start because there's competition in that area. That's the reality of playing for Chelsea, so I'm not worried about the noise around it or the permutations of what not being in the squad might mean down the line."