The rise of Jadon Sancho, from Man City academy player to England international, has been fantastic for Three Lions supporters to witness. Indeed, though he’s not yet at his peak, the teenager is impressing over in the Bundesliga, and he’s become the latest in a long line of young players to move abroad and achieve great success.
Of course, the likes Kevin de Bruyne and Mohamed Salah have come to the Premier League only to move abroad and enjoy great development, and that’s been great for the clubs that have then gone on to buy them.
It’s notoriously tough to break into the first team of top sides in the Premier League, and no side has struggled more in that regard than Chelsea. The Blues have been unable to make use of the incredible quality within their ranks over the years, with only a handful of youngsters making it at Chelsea.
Unfortunately for them, that’s cost them a lot of talent, and now they could be on the verge of losing yet another. Callum Hudson-Odoi is yet to earn his place at Chelsea, and despite apparent promises to the contrary, he’s yet to get a chance in the Chelsea first team too.
Now, looking at Jadon Sancho, Chelsea should be seriously concerned that he could be thinking twice about his long-term Chelsea future. Of course, Sancho left Man City in 2017 as a teenager and has gone on to become an England international owing to his form for Borussia Dortmund.
After all, at this point, what is the advantage to staying at Chelsea for Hudson-Odoi? A few minutes in the Carabao Cup? Training with the first team a few times a week? That all pales in comparison to the real goal of playing regular minutes, and it’s evident that a player like Hudson-Odoi would thrive abroad.
With electric pace, limitless technical quality and an eye for a goal, he’s a player that is ready for regular first-team football, yet he just hasn’t had that at Stamford Bridge yet.
Being a part of a squad is no longer a reward for young players, especially when so many chances are coming at other clubs. If he doesn’t get an opportunity at Chelsea, Hudson-Odoi should undoubtedly look at moving away.
There is a lot of responsibility on the shoulders of Maurizio Sarri, then. The Italian must change his tactic and include the jewel of his academy – otherwise, someone else will. Hudson-Odoi is every bit as good as Sancho, and he deserves the chance to prove that.
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