Chelsea are at severe risk of losing one of England’s
best young players as he is growing tired of lack of game time.
Callum Hudson-Odoi does not only have the potential to
be a Stamford Bridge great, he is one the country’s best prospects.
The 18-year-old looked set to get game time this
season after running ragged Arsenal full-back Hector Bellerin in a pre-season
friendly in Ireland before starting Chelsea Community Shield defeat to
However, the youngster is yet to start a game since
and has only played 35 minutes of football since.
Hudson-Odoi was also offered a long-term deal with the
Blues after his impressing against Arsenal and City, although months have passed,
and that deal is not yet signed.
Bayern Munich and Juventus are just a couple of
high-profile clubs keeping tabs on the forward as it is understood is
considering leaving the West London club.
Hudson-Odoi’s appearances this season have both came
against BATE Borisov in the Europa League and as Chelsea host PAOK at the
Bridge it looked like the youngster was set to miss out on a starting place
However, despite Maurizio Sarri’s comments about the
18-year-old he made the starting line-up.
“Callum has to improve a lot,” said Chelsea coach
Sarri. “First of all, the defensive phase, he has to work. He has to improve on
the offensive phase. He’s very good one against one, but he has to learn to
move without the ball. I want to find space for him. It’s not very easy
because, at the moment, we have 28 players.”
And with Chelsea odd-on (4/7) to sign Borussia Dortmund
wide-man Christian Pulisic game time looks long gone for Hudson-Odoi in the
A move away from Chelsea to a European club could work
out in the youngster’s favour, look at Jadon Sancho for example, he left Manchester City for Borussia Dortmund and was a key
man as England trashed the USA and has earned three caps across the last two
international breaks, and Reiss Nelson who is also shinning in the Bundesliga, albeit on loan.
Chelsea fans, however, must be fuming at the thought
of such a young talented player leaving the club.
Meanwhile, Chelsea will be guaranteed top-spot of
their Europe League group tonight with just a point against Greek outfit PAOK.
They 1-0 when they travelled to Greece in the reverse
fixture and 3/10 says they win again tonight, while a massive 11/1 says the
visitors shock Sarri’s side with a win.
Hudson-Odoi is 6/1 to open the scoring and 15/8 to
score his first senior goal at any time.