- Callum Hudson-Odoi stars again for Chelsea vs. MOL Vidi.
- Hudson-Odoi (importantly) proves he can operate at right-wing.
- Do you think CHO will make it here? Let us know @TalkChelsea.
Tonight’s clash with MOL Vidi was an important step in Callum Hudson-Odoi’s Chelsea career, make no mistake.
The Englishman may not have had as much of a notable impact as he did against PAOK, where he netted his first Chelsea goal and provided an assist for Alvaro Morata. Tonight, though, he proved something different. He proved he can operate out on the right.
Throughout pre-season, Hudson-Odoi was fielded at left-wing, his ‘natural’ position. As soon as Eden Hazard returned from the World Cup, the Englishman seemed to disappear off the face of the planet.
That suggested that Maurizio Sarri did not believe that he was as effective down the right channel. However, the Italian fielded Hudson-Odoi in that position against MOL Vidi, and he justified that decision.
He was characteristically positive. He didn’t shy away from attacking his full-back when he found himself 1-on-1. He once again proved that he is a genuine selection option for Sarri on the wing.
One of a few nice plays by CHO at RW in the 1st half. He’s very good, simple. pic.twitter.com/8t6SAp1pZt
— Alex Goldberg (@AlexGoldberg_) December 13, 2018
This is incredibly important. Hudson-Odoi is not competing with Eden Hazard for game-time, as that’d be a losing battle. The spot on the right is up for grabs, and he suggested tonight that he’s ready to take it. Sarri will have taken notice.
After Willian was replaced by Pedro in the second half of the game, Hudson-Odoi was moved out to the left. He looked equally as comfortable there and was the driving force as Chelsea hunted for an equaliser, and towards the end of the contest, a winning goal.
Hudson-Odoi is one of the most talented players our academy has produced since the turn of the millenium. The likes of Gael Kakuta, Jeremie Boga and Lewis Baker have also been dubbed future stars, but they were all missing one important ingredient – the manager’s faith.
Hudson-Odoi has that, and as long as Sarri holds the hot-seat at Stamford Bridge, we believe that he has a fighting chance of making it here.