With the transfer window recently slamming shut, we take a look at what’s next for Chelsea’s star boy Callum Hudson-Odoi. New signing Hakim Ziyech and a fan favourite in Christian Pulisic look set to return against Southampton on Saturday, which begs the question, what next for Hudson-Odoi?
After his promising recent form, it’s not looking all bad for Callum after coming off the bench against West Brom and scoring a goal that helped spark a comeback. The youngster has also looked very committed and energetic in the other games he has played. Playing on the left-wing, it’s not going to be easy for Hudson-Odoi to secure the first-team spot over American winger Christian Pulisic, although Callum’s versatility could be a factor in him featuring in more games. Callum’s ability to play on the left or right of a front 3 is vital if he wants to establish himself as part of Frank Lampard’s long term plans. With Pedro and Willian’s departures, Chelsea doesn’t have a natural right-winger, although players such as Hakim Ziyech, Mason Mount, and even Kai Havertz have featured there recently.
A move to German champions Bayern Munich looked on the cards for Hudson-Odoi but the deal seemed to break down and Frank Lampard was adamant that he was keeping Callum, which is a good sign for the Englishman. What’s next for the youngster though? It is very much in his own hands. If he continues to perform, we may see him feature a lot more regularly on either the left or right of the front three, although if performances drop off and he isn’t putting in the effort, he will be easily replaced with the options that Chelsea have at their disposal. A promising sign is that it looks as if Callum is putting in real effort in training and looks like he wants to succeed at this club, with it great motivation to have as a youngster.
To improve as a player Hudson-Odoi needs to improve his output. Having only scored 2 goals in the Premier League across 3 seasons as well as 10 assists. Albeit the first season was usually off the bench, his goal output needs to improve. His dribbling is excellent and he possesses a great burst of pace which allows him to get past defenders. Personally, I have full faith that Hudson-Odoi will succeed at Chelsea, and things are looking up for the youngster, he just needs to keep up that effort and he will be fine in this Chelsea team.
Tune in on Saturday to see if Hudson-Odoi features against Southampton. With regular minutes in the side, he will be sure to reach the top.
Written by Ben @Carefreecfc20
Edited by Jai Mcintosh @jjmcintosh5