It’s yet again a rather turbulent time at Chelsea, isn’t it? Manager Maurizio Sarri appears to be on his way out of the club after just the single season in charge, while star man Eden Hazard has completed his big money move to Real Madrid.
Obviously, it raises many questions with the primary one surely being, who will replace the majestic Belgian?
Well, another man on the club’s books who has had his fair share of speculation is teenage sensation Callum-Hudson Odoi. The winger really broke onto the scene, largely after being subject to a rejected £30m bid from Bayern Munich and handed in a transfer request in January after becoming frustrated at a lack of game time.
Yet, despite the increase in game time and performance, the speculation has never truly died down. Especially after his horror injury against Burnley in April disrupted his momentum. It has, however, now been reported by The Sun that the winger will sign a new contract – as long as he is guaranteed minutes.
Still, clearly, with the manager situation up in the air, it’s a tricky situation.
So, what should Chelsea do? Well, they’ve been left with limited options after being hit by a transfer ban for the next two windows. With Hazard gone and Pedro and Willian aged 31 and 30 respectively, youth will have to be relied on. Indeed Chelsea will now have the services of £58m Christian Pulisic, who was instantly loaned back to Dortmund after signing in January.
Exciting as he may be, it’s obviously going to be difficult to rely on a 20-year-old who is yet to play a game in the Premier League and managed just four goals in 20 league games last season.
According to The Sun, the young Englishman has been offered the number 10 shirt in a bid to persuade him to sign the contract. Yet, they also quote a Chelsea source, saying it’s never been about money, but about progression.
The next step should be fairly straightforward, it seems. Give him the minutes upon his return from the injury that is expected to rule him out for between four and six months. Bayern bidding £30m for a player who had barely featured in the first team shows just how highly he’s rated, after all.
Additionally, he has now also made his England debut and was unplayable at times, according to Guardian columnist Dominic Fifield,
The pacy winger, according to WhoScored, particularly excels at dribbling, key passes and holding on to the ball. They believe his only weakness is his finishing, but that can come with time. Just look at Raheem Sterling, after all. Prior to 2017, his most prolific season saw him score nine goals yet he has now scored 35 over the last two.
With the increasing ages of Chelsea’s now first choice wingers, it seems a no brainer to guarantee Hudson-Odoi the minutes. Get the contract sorted as soon as possible. With just a year remaining, if Chelsea fail to do so, they could be losing a tremendous talent for nothing.
He is currently valued at £22.5m (as per TransferMarkt), but if he signs a five-year deal, for example, that value could rocket.
Chelsea fans, is Hudson-Odoi now one of the most important players in the squad? Just how good can he become? Comment below.