It’s been a difficult year or so for Chelsea winger Pedro. After playing a starring role in the Blues’ route to the Premier League title, the Spaniard found himself on the fringes of the team last season. With Willian, or a formation shift, often preferred in his place, he found starts hard to come by.
Naturally, then, perhaps his task may get even more difficult next season. Chelsea have an abundance of quality attacking talent, and they don’t come much better than Callum Hudson-Odoi. Indeed, you could argue that he deserves to take the place of Willian.
Callum Hudson-Odoi burst onto the scene at Chelsea last season, and he proved exactly what he’s capable of. Like Pedro, he’s a quick, technical gifted winger with bags of ability both through the middle and out wide. He thrives with the ball at his feet, and he’s able to pass defenders like they aren’t there – much like Pedro used to when he was in his pomp.
However, whilst the Spaniard is beginning to slow down, Hudson-Odoi continues to improve and his youthful energy has paid dividends for Chelsea over the years.
In particular, he’s been a star within Chelsea’s developmental system over the last year or so. He won the FA Youth Cup last season as the main man going forward, whilst an Under-18 Premier League and an Under-17 World Cup have also made their way into his trophy cabinet over the years.
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That’s all, by the way, despite the fact that he is just 17-years-old. Whilst most people his age are studying for their exams, Hudson-Odoi has emerged as one of Europe’s brightest young prospects. Chelsea haven’t had a very good record at developing young players, but here, the choice is obvious.
With the present and future in mind, Hudson-Odoi offers the perfect option for the Blues as they look to rebuild their dynasty. Pedro has been a brilliant servant, but the ever-impressive 17-year-old’s time is now.
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