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Callum Hudson-Odoi has enjoyed a rapid rise for both Chelsea and England youth teams over the last couple of years.
The young winger continued to impress for Chelsea under former boss Maurizio Sarri last season, and had to force the manager to play him due to his quality performance in every game.
Last season was a special one for Hudson-Odoi as he impressed for both club and country.
Hudson-Odoi got a 20-minute cameo in the 5-0 victory over the Czech Republic that saw him become the youngest ever England debutant in a competitive match, and further impressed in the next game by laying on an assist for Chelsea team-mate Ross Barkley in a 5-1 win over Montenegro.
Speaking after that game, England boss Gareth Southgate was pleased with his performance and development.
“Young Callum Hudson-Odoi, a fabulous performance, he’s shown us what he’s shown us all week,” an impressed Gareth Southgate told ITV afterwards.
“I don’t need to speak; his performance spoke really. With young players it is always up to them [how good they can be].
“He’s got the talent. His application with us has been excellent, he’s got to continue that. This is a great step forward for him but like any player you’ve got to constantly work and constantly look to improve.”
The season however ended on a sour note for the then 18-year-old who was making tremendous progress and strongly getting the attention of German champions Bayern Munich.
Hudson-Odoi ruptured his Achilles tendon in the 2-2 draw with Burnley back in April, and was out of action until September. For a young winger developing his game, that was a huge setback.
However, he made his return back to the team and still impressed for the Blues, although Chelsea fans could argue that his current level is still below what we saw from him last season.
Hudson-Odoi was blasted by pundits for his performance in Sunday’s game against Kosovo. The Chelsea winger didn’t see that much of the ball during his time on the pitch, but when he did he lost the ball way too easily on occasions and didn’t run at the hosts enough to cause them problems down the flanks. He was taken off just before the hour mark with Marcus Rashford coming in for him.
Verdict: Hudson-Odoi’s slight drop in form is only a result of the long term injury that slowed down his development, but the youngster has the quality in him and will definitely be back to his best in no time.