Targets set! Blues fans to be excited as £60 million man Hudson-Odoi sends big Chelsea message
Callum Hudson-Odoi believes he still has a lot to learn in the game as he eyes up more goals and assists for Chelsea
Regarded as one of the finest talents in the game right now, Hudson-Odoi had his breakthrough season at Chelsea last season under the guidance of Maurizio Sarri and quickly became a fans favourite with his skill, pace and ability to create goals for his team-mates.
The 18-year-old missed Chelsea’s Premier League run-in, the victorious Europa League final and the Nations League with England as a result of his injury, but he has made an impressive return and is set to become a big part of Frank Lampard’s side.
The winger started for the first time in the Premier League this season in the 4-1 victory at Southampton and then starred for England Under-21s in a 5-1 win over Austria over the international break
Hudson-Odoi is now plotting to add to those goals for his club side as he develops as a player, he said: ‘I definitely think I can improve. I am not a perfect player. No one is a perfect player, I think that every day when I go onto a pitch, I want to try my best, work hard and keep improving.
‘I say to myself, keep going, keep working hard and hopefully more opportunities will come. I am delighted to get the goals. It is goals that I always try to get as well as assists – any contributions to the team.
‘I am happy with the finishes and I will hopefully build on it and get many more. I have scored many solo runs, maybe not exactly like that, but I am delighted to get a goal like that.
‘Hopefully many more like that will come and I will get opportunities to score. I will hopefully go back to Saturday with Chelsea and get another three points.’
Rob Green has recently admitted is expecting big things from Hudson-Odoi and believes he can emulate Chelsea great Eden Hazard.
Green told BBC Sport when asked if Hudson-Odoi can match Hazard’s legacy at Chelsea: “He’s got the potential, he’s got to work on his power, once he’s got the ball he needs to stay on the ball, just the strength around his pace.
“I think when he grows up and matures, that’s when you’ll see it. He’s got such a long time in the game now, he’s not the same player as Eden Hazard, but there’s no reason when he cannot do what Hazard did at Chelsea in the last seven or eight years.”
“We had Willian, Pedro and obviously Eden [Hazard] in the same positions but the manager had such a strong belief about playing the players he trusted. He would not play other players.
“It was the same team, the same formation every week, maybe one or two changes and Callum just wouldn’t get a look-in. he’d go into training and he’d tear it up day in, day out and the things he would try in training with no pressure… and he’d do it in games.
“You’d just see him trying stuff because he just wanted to. It’s not that players like this don’t care. It’s just that they can play with the freedom and understanding that they can try these things and are good enough to pull them off.
“He would try it in training against some of the best players in the world, some of the best defenders. Azpilicueta playing up against him in training… couldn’t live with him!
“He’d chop inside him and Azpi would turn around and go, ‘Oh God, he’s gone past me’, and then he’d just bend one in the far top corner or fire one in at the near post.”
Hudson-Odoi is one of the most gifted players in the Premier League right now and having him back in the side playing on a weekly basis is great news for Chelsea, especially as he gives them that exciting factor.
It was a shame to see that he feared for his career, but he is back playing the game that he loves and fans will be hoping that he carries on this brilliant form as he will be a big part of getting back inside the Champions League spots and maybe challenging for some more silverware.
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