The winger has featured in just nine minutes of Chelsea’s opening two Premier League fixtures this term and he faces increased competition for a starting spot following the arrivals of Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech.
Hudson-Odoi was keen on leaving the club in 2018 and handed in a transfer request in order to force through a move to Bayern Munich while Maurizio Sarri was at the helm.
However, he signed a new long-term deal to stay at Stamford Bridge following Lampard’s appointment and the arrival of the former Derby boss was seen as a positive for the England international.
But that’s failed to materialise with Hudson-Odoi struggling for game time and he’s been linked with a move away from the club, both on a permanent basis and on loan.
With so many signings at the club this summer, Lampard needs to trim his squad and Antonio Rudiger appears to be another victim of the new arrivals with the German failing to feature in the opening two fixtures.
Hudson-Odoi is set to feature against Barnsley in the League Cup but Lampard says that’s not proof of his long-term future at the club and says he may still leave before the transfer window closes.
Asked directly about Rudiger and Hudson-Odoi, Lampard said: ‘I’m going to skirt around that question. It remains to be seen.
‘We’re not in a period where the transfer window or market is acting like it has done in recent years in terms of how players move or what level they move at.
‘Again, the competitive games have just started. I’m very open to those conversations with the players as the next couple of weeks go on. My priority will always be making sure I maintain and keep the strongest squad I can for this club but after that, of course, the individual conversations will happen within that. I will try and make sure I go into the season once the window shuts with the squad that I feel is competitive in a healthy way.’
Chelsea’s spending will then be over and the club will focus on recouping some of their £230million outlay.
Lampard admits he needs to trim his squad and it could lead to some difficult conversations.
‘There are decisions for me to take, for the club to make and for the players themselves to make. That’s the situation now.
‘Of course, I have an idea of the number in the squad I want to make the squad have healthy competition, but not to have so many players not competing regularly and feeling like they’re out of squads and not getting the minutes they want.
‘Those are very much conversations I will have going forward. It doesn’t mean that we’re forced in any one of those positions or areas to move players on. But those conversations will be ongoing over the next couple of weeks.’