Chelsea have brought through some remarkable talent in the past, but there is one player who should move elsewhere for the benefit of his career.
Callum Hudson-Odoi will have seen England youth teammates of similar ability such as Jadon Sancho and Reiss Nelson, albeit the latter on loan, tearing up the Bundesliga and he will have surely thought ‘that could be me’.
Following a fine summer where Hudson-Odoi lit up Chelsea’s pre-season tour at varying destinations across the globe, the England youth international would have expected to kick on as the Premier League season drew closer, given that his competition, Pedro and Willian, aged 31 and 30, are not at the towering heights they once were.
The 18-year-old was given limited game time in the first two games of the Europa League, but he then started the latter two games and significantly impressed, scoring and assisting in one of the games.
Granted, after two sensational assists in the FA Cup, he was started in the EFL Cup semi-final three days later, but baring this exception, it is Maurizio Sarri’s reluctance to throw Hudson-Odoi in the deep end by starting him in a testing game that could prove to be Chelsea’s downfall in this situation.
Young players will only learn by being put in challenging situations and expressing themselves, that is what Sancho and Nelson have had done, and it has worked wonders.
Now, this does not mean every youngster who heads to Germany will be a success as you must be up to standard, however, Hudson-Odoi’s ability is clear to see. A place where he would be trusted to display his talent on a regular basis would be best for his development as even at 18, he is ready.
As much as Chelsea fans will understandably want to keep him, if Sarri is just giving him game time now to prevent him from leaving in January, it would be unfair on Hudson-Odoi if these opportunities do not continue.
Goal have reported that Chelsea are confident they can keep the teenager and are willing to offer him £70,000 per week amid Bayern Munich’s £35m bid for his the starlet’s services.
However, Arjen Robben (34) and Frank Ribery (35) will both be out of contract in the summer, meaning for the future Hudson-Odoi would be contending with Kingsley Coman, who has suffered a torrid time with injuries, as well as Serge Gnabry, for a place out wide.
Even with the current options, he is likely to get more game time than he would at Chelsea and he could cement his place one of Germany’s elite for the coming years, which would benefit him both individually, as well as his chances of breaking through to the senior England side.
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