Regional Digest: What Philippe Coutinho signing could mean for Callum Hudson-Odoi at Chelsea

Regional Digest: What Philippe Coutinho signing could mean for Callum Hudson-Odoi at Chelsea

Do Chelsea even need to sign an Eden Hazard replacement in the summer?

That is a question some supporters may be asking, as a result of the confidence they have in Callum Hudson-Odoi.

Nevertheless, the west London club look certain to bring in a new attacking player if the Belgian departs and their transfer embargo is frozen.

And according to Goal, that man could be Barcelona’s Philippe Coutinho.

Considering that, what does the potential arrival of the Brazilian mean for Callum Hudson-Odoi?

Hudson-Odoi, of course, has also been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge (Sky Sports), and the signing of a big-name attacker like Coutinho could see the 18-year-old become even more eager to leave the club.

The Chelsea academy product, however, should not fret too much if Coutinho does end up joining the Blues.

With Willian and Pedro only continuing to decline, he has a good opportunity to nail down that spot on the right flank, something he was in the process of doing before picking up that serious injury.

Hudson-Odoi is probably at his best when he is on the opposite side, running at defenders and cutting inside with his right foot.

But as the Stamford Bridge faithful have already seen, the England international is still very much a threat down that right flank.

His ability to beat defenders on the inside and the outside means he is still tricky to defend against even on the wing he is less comfortable on, while he can still cause problems once arriving in the final third thanks to his crossing ability.

Rather than Coutinho or Hudson-Odoi, it could so easily be Coutinho and Hudson-Odoi at Stamford Bridge next season.

Chelsea fans, can Sarri fit Coutinho and Hudson-Odoi in the same team? Join the discussion by commenting below.

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