On Thursday evening, against PAOK Salonika, Callum Hudson-Odoi was given a rare start in the Europa League fixture.
Asked to fill the boots of the injured Eden Hazard, the hugely talented teenager repaid Maurizio Sarri’s faith in him with a virtuoso performance that saw many believe he was deserved of the man-of-the-match award.
On Thursday, Hudson-Odoi scored a stunning goal and produced several outlandishly wonderful runs as he ran through his full repertoire of skills.
However, it would appear, according to the news source, the Guardian, Chelsea will struggle to persuade Hudson-Odoi that his future is at Stamford Bridge.
Our source points out that Chelsea are willing to offer the youngster a five-year deal but that he is reluctant to sign it.
The sticking point is clearly that Hudson-Odoi feels he isn’t getting as much first-team football as he wants.
It’s a point that we can fully understand.
When it comes to the Premier League, Callum is rarely awarded a place on the bench let alone a start.
His talent, according to our source, has already seen tentative enquiries coming in from both Spain and Germany, speculation that could turn Hudson-Odoi’s head.
It is a precarious situation with Chelsea caught between the devil and the deep blue sea.
They know that this lad has a tremendous future but acknowledge that the depth of the squad hinders his desire for regular first team football.
But what can Chelsea do?
Hopefully, Hudson-Odoi will put pen-to-paper on a new deal and a loan move, to a top-club can be arranged for the second half of the season, otherwise, we could well lose the player, something I’m sure we’d live to regret.
Sort it out, Chelsea!