I guess a majority of the Chelsea fans who have been paying attention to Chelsea’s games in the ongoing pre-season have been fascinated by what a certain youngster from the Chelsea Academy has been offering from the left side of attack thus far.
The player is Callum Hudson-Odoi and he’s the latest Chelsea youngster to be described with the ‘wonder-kid’ phrase, and he’s been living up to it thus far.
We all know it’s just pre-season, and there is the possibility that he’ll be shipped out on loan.
Hopefully, this is not the case, and Sarri gets to slowly integrate the player slowly and steadily into the senior team with games in cup competitions, and some sub appearances in the Premier League.
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Our supposed wonder-kids who have gone out on loan have not really cut it. Charly Musonda is a recent example amongst many many others.
The 17-year old Hudson-Odoi has started all 2 pre-season games for Chelsea, and recently signed a new 5-year deal to remain at the club.
But who is Hudson-Odoi? The player is of Ghanaian descent and son of former Hearts of Oak midfielder Bismark Odoi.
It must be known that the player who is eager to carve a niche for himself if given a chance in the senior side has paid his dues in Chelsea’s youth team setup.
The player has been targeted by some of Europe’s elite in the likes of Real Madrid, Juventus, Barcelona and the likes.
However, the interest from these European heavyweights comes as no surprise, especially for a player that scored 21 goals in 30 games in various youth competitions for Chelsea last season.
Hudson-Odoi was the focal point of the attack and his contributions ensured that Chelsea won an unprecedented quadruple at youth level last season.
Hudson-Odoi is an Englishman, and also played a crucial role when the England Under-17 national team won the Under-17 World Cup in India in 2017.
The player is definitely one for the future and the club acted quickly by extending his contract.
The player’s performances for Chelsea in the ongoing pre-season have been conspicuous and impressive thus far, and he has appeared to be a very direct attacker down the flanks with the necessary skills to outwit his man.
His beautiful assist to Pedro in the first pre-season game for the only goal and win against Perth Glory is a testament to this.
The player is definitely one who can cut it if he is integrated gradually and nicely, and he has done himself a lot of good as his performances have impressed Maurizio Sarri.
The manager spoke on his performance alongside that of Ethan Ampadu after the game against Inter Milan. Sarri said:
“I don’t know if they will play this season in the Premier League,” the Italian admitted, “but I know that these names will be very famous in the next years.”
Hopefully, under Sarri, the player can be managed properly, and not allowed to be another youth prodigy from the youth setup whose career subsequently goes down the drain.
However, the reality is this; It remains to be seen if he’ll be given a chance to prove himself in the senior side this season. Possibly, cameo appearances, or a loan departure.