EPL: That’s very strange, I’m surprised – Poyet, Aluko slams Chelsea star after 1-1 draw with Brighton
Former Chelsea stars, Gus Poyet and Eniola Aluko have slammed Callum Hudson-Odoi following the Blues frustrating 1-1 draw with Brighton in the Premier League on Wednesday.
Romelu Lukaku put Thomas Tuchel’s side in front with a towering header in the first half and Hudson-Odoi had a glorious chance to put the game to bed in the second half.
The England international was played through by Lukaku and was bearing down on Brighton goal with Mason Mount yelling for the ball.
Hudson-Odoi, who also had the clear chance to shoot on goal, tried to find Mount in the box but made a very poor pass which was comfortably intercepted by a Brighton defender.
And Graham Potter’s Seagulls finally found an equalizer in extra-time, courtesy of Danny Welbeck after several attempts.
Both Poyet and Aluko believe that Chelsea’s inability to score a second goal was clearly a significant moment in the match and both criticized Hudson-Odoi for not converting his chance.
“At this level you’ve got to be better,” former Chelsea forward Aluko 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.
“That’s the difference potentially between winning the game and getting a sickening equalizer at the end and drawing the game.”
Poyet added, “I’m surprised he [Hudson-Odoi] needed to pass. It’s not like he tried to pass over the defender or around him.
“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 cleverly.
“He didn’t do one or the other. He just hit the defender. Very strange.”
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