Reports emerged today of Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi attracting interest from Bayern Munich with the youngster said to be considering leaving Stamford Bridge due to the amount of first-team opportunities he has received this season.
The 18-year-old is one of the brightest youth prospect to come out of the Chelsea Academy in recent times and losing him would definitely hurt Chelsea fans who want to see a product from the Academy become an important first team player at the club.
Hudson-Odoi was impressive for Chelsea during preseason and tormented Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin time after time during Chelsea’s preseason friendly against Arsenal in Dublin. Following his performance during preseason, many expected him to get a reasonable amount of game time this season but he has managed just two substitute appearances in the Europa League totaling a mere 35 minutes since starting against Manchester City in the Community Shield.
Callum was a key part of the England Under-17 side that won the World Cup last year and he could be tempted to follow in the footsteps of Jadon Sancho, who was his teammate at the Under-17 World Cup.
Sancho left Manchester City for Borussia Dortmund last year and is now a regular at the German side. He has been rewarded with a call-up to the senior national side for the past two international breaks and has three caps.
Hudson-Odoi’s Chelsea contract expires in the summer of 2020 and the youngster has refused to sign a new Chelsea contract due to his lack of game time.
Even though Chelsea have qualified for the knockout stage of the Europa League, it doesn’t look like Hudson-Odoi will be given an opportunity against PAOK on Thursday.
“Callum has to improve a lot,” explained Chelsea boss Maurizio 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.”
How can Callum improve if he isn’t given game time at the club? With Chelsea through to the knockout stage of the Europa League, starting Hudson-Odoi should have been an easy decision for Sarri.
With Hudson-Odoi giving serious thoughts to leaving Chelsea, Sarri should find a way to give the youngster a reasonable amount of game time. Chelsea fans understand Hudson-Odoi can’t start every game but the youngster deserves more than the 35 minutes of game time he has gotten this season.
If Hudson-Odoi decides to leave Chelsea due to his lack of game time at the club, Chelsea fans won’t forgive Sarri.