Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek was delighted to see young teenage teammate Callum Hudson-Odoi score against Dynamo Kyiv.
The duo of young, English substitutes combined for the Blues’ third and final goal in their 3-0 Europa League win against Dynamo Kyiv on Thursday evening.
It was Hudson-Odoi’s third Europa League goal of the season, which he comfortably nestled past Denys Boyko after Pedro’s swift counter-attack was controlled and teed up for him by Loftus-Cheek.
Loftus-Cheek, the creator of the goal has shown both on and off the pitch in recent months a strong connection to Hudson-Odoi and he admitted that he was delighted to have created his late strike.
“I know what he is going through”, described Loftus Cheek, “having been at that age in the first team as well.
“If I can help him do well, I’d love to do that. He is such a good kid and [it’s good] seeing him do so well.
“I’m really happy for him; to give him that assist felt good.”
The move itself summed up Chelsea’s dominant performance throughout the evening, with their earlier goals coming from fellow wingers Pedro and Willian.
Despite the final goal only extending Chelsea’s grasp on this round of 16 tie, it was a moment that was gratefully received by the Blues’ faithful, with both players coming out of the club’s academy set-up.
Asked whether he hopes that the duo can provide this combination for years to come at Stamford Bridge, Loftus-Cheek remained hopeful.
He added: “The fans have been great with me and Callum. Hopefully that happens, but we’ll see.”