Yesterday, with Chelsea entertaining Nottingham Forest in a 3rd round FA Cup tie, at Stamford Bridge, a tie they won 2-0, Callum Hudson-Odoi played a prominent part in ensuring that Chelsea reached the fourth round.
Hudson-Odoi, given a rare start, provided the assists for both of the goals, scored by Alvaro Morata.
In doing so, Hudson-Odoi became the first teenager to provide two assists for goals in a match since Scott Sinclair, another exciting teenage prodigy, did in October 2007.
Sinclair, who gate-crashed the first-team, under Jose Mourinho, but who never really made the grade after suffering a fractured foot, courtesy of a tackle by Wes Brown, against Manchester United, left the club to seek a golden future elsewhere.
Similarly, there is speculation doing the rounds that Hudson-Odoi is looking to do something similar and with eighteen months left on his current contract, is refusing to put pen-to-paper on a new deal.
There is no doubt that Hudson-Odoi is a talented youngster, otherwise, Bayern Munich wouldn’t have been keen to offer Chelsea £30 million for his services, Click Here, but a lack of regular first-team football appears to be the driving factor in Hudson-Odoi’s quest to leave.
There’s also no doubt that Chelsea want the player to stay with Gianfranco Zola remarking at the pre-match press conference, ahead of the FA Cup tie:
“I know Bayern are interested in him, but we are as well.
“We have had a contract with him for a while and we will see what the player wants.
“For 18 years old he has a lot of potential. You have to understand the journey is not finished, he has to have a good attitude.
“I believe we can help him, develop him and I believe he has a future in this club.”
Hopefully, Hudson-Odoi will heed those words and his performance yesterday, against Nottingham Forest also brought praise from Carlo Cudicini who conducted the post-match interview with the BBC, remarking:
“He did very well; it was a very good performance – two assists and he worked very hard defensively.
“His commitment was great and you want him to have performances like that so he can put some doubts in Maurizio’s mind and be in contention for a place.”
But, with Bayern Munich dangling a huge carrot in front of Hudson-Odoi and selling him the possibility he has the ability to succeed Arjen Robben, at the Allianz Arena, plus with Christian Pulisic set to offer further competition for a place in the starting eleven next season, I get the impression persuading Hudson-Odoi to stay will be a challenge and a half.
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