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Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi ruptured his Achilles’ tendon towards the end of the 2018/19 campaign.
The Chelsea academy youngster was forcing his way to the Chelsea first team towards the end of the campaign but he suffered the injury during Chelsea’s 2-2 Premier League draw against Burnley at Stamford Bridge, and the 18-year-old was forced off in the 41st minute at Stamford Bridge with Pedro coming on to replace him.
The injury ruled Hudson-Odoi out for the rest of the season, after forcing his way into the team ahead of more experienced players Pedro and Willian.
The injury was a big setback to Hudson-Odoi as he was expected to play a major role for the team. Hudson-Odoi’s hype was massive last season as he was impressive for Chelsea and also impressed for the Three Lions. The 18-year-old was subject of a rumoured bid from Bayern Munich and there was so much attention surrounding him last season.
Journalist Duncan Castles believes that the hype surrounding Hudson-Odoi last season was too much and the expectations placed on the youngster was so high. According to Castles, such pressure could make a young player to collapse.
Castles believe that the injury to the youngster will now reduce the expectation on the Chelsea academy product.
Duncan Castles told the Transfer Podcast: “I was speaking to someone at Chelsea, he felt that the injury setback could be good in terms of dampening that sense of expectation around Hudson-Odoi.
“What happens with the supposed Eden Hazard replacement, Christian Pulisic, I think is gonna be interesting to watch.
“There’s gonna be a huge amount of expectation on Pulisic because he’s been described as the Hazard replacement and he’s obviously not as good a player as Eden Hazard at this stage of his career. Also, he’s barely played club football in the last six months because he was shifted out of the Borussia Dortmund first team after that deal was agreed.
“So it’s going to be a difficult introduction for Pulisic having not played football for that length of time and being the big-money transfer, because it was done in January but he arrives at the club this summer, and with a manager who had nothing whatsoever to do with his recruitment.”