The 19-year-old has began only one recreation post-lockdown and summer season arrivals at Stamford Bridge have seen him fall additional down the pecking order
Callum Hudson-Odoi’s season has begun as final season completed – watching on from the sidelines as others change into protagonists in Chelsea‘s assault.
This isn’t what the teen envisaged when he signed his lucrative new five-year contract with the Blues almost exactly one year ago to the day.
Hudson-Odoi celebrated placing pen to paper along with his boyhood membership by scoring in opposition to Grimsby City within the third spherical of the Carabao Cup, having recovered from a ruptured Achilles tendon.
Nevertheless, 12 months on, and with Barnsley set to go to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday on the similar stage of this season’s EFL Cup, Hudson-Odoi finds himself at an sudden crossroads.
The 19-year-old’s resolution to commit his future to Chelsea was extensively celebrated inside the membership, after Frank Lampard helped persuade Hudson-Odoi to signal on amid intense curiosity from Bayern Munich.
Certainly, six months earlier, Hudson-Odoi had handed in a switch request after seeing his recreation time restricted underneath Maurizio Sarri.
Bayern were willing to pay upwards of £35 million ($45m) to bring the teenager to the Allianz Arena and offered him the No.10 shirt as his contract entered its closing 12 months in west London.
Studies have even emerged in Germany suggesting that Bayern should be eager on a switch regardless of their signing of Leroy Sane to play on the left-hand aspect, with Hudson-Odoi’s future but once more again up for debate.
He has made only one begin since soccer returned following the coronavirus-enforced lockdown, with that considerably sarcastically coming away at Bayern, as Lampard’s injury-ravaged squad tried and did not overturn a 3-0 deficit within the final 16 of the Champions League.
It’s not as if he has been used repeatedly off the bench both, with the England worldwide having been on the pitch for simply 203 minutes over the previous three months.
The arrivals of Timo Werner, Kai Havertz and Hakim Ziyech – in addition to Christian Pulisic discovering his finest type within the closing weeks of final season – appear to have pushed Hudson-Odoi down the pecking order.
“I preserve saying he wants to coach, he wants to point out in coaching day by day and when he will get his alternative in video games, which he could have tomorrow (Wednesday) as a result of he’ll play in opposition to Barnsley,” Lampard mentioned on Tuesday afternoon.
“He has to point out in each minute, on and off the ball, what he can do for the group and that’s the place Callum is in on the minute.
“He’s had an early breakthrough in his profession due to his expertise, he’s had an harm and now I wish to see him flourish once more.”
Some have instructed that Hudson-Odoi breaking lockdown guidelines in Might may have performed a component in his lack of minutes for the reason that restart.
However Mason Mount’s common beginning position flies within the face of that speculation, given he too was caught flouting self-isolation laws within the early weeks of the pandemic and has since been welcomed again into the beginning line-up.
It’s telling that Mount, whose pure position is that of a midfielder, continues to be most well-liked to Hudson-Odoi in a large position.
That is actually not what many Blues followers envisaged when Hudson-Odoi was signing his £120,000-a-week contract, along with his 10 minutes of taking part in time within the opening two fixtures of the marketing campaign a further signal of his lowly standing inside Lampard’s squad.
He’ll get an opportunity to remind everybody of his skill in opposition to Barnsley however it stays to be seen whether or not he can do sufficient to show he must be given extra alternatives to shine.
If he can’t pressure his manner again into the reckoning, then the likes of Bayern can be solely too completely happy to assist Hudson-Odoi proceed his growth elsewhere.