In two games, Callum Hudson-Odoi has proven why he deserved the hot pursuit Bayern Munich are making for him in this transfer window.
The player is currently at crossroads in his career, having to choose between the club that nurtured him and the German champions who promise great things in his young career. With just 42 minutes under his belt in the Premier League, the 18-year old has attracted one of the best clubs in world football. Having been dropped in several cup games this season, Hudson-Odoi was thrown into action right from the start in the Blues’ last two games.
Against Nottingham Forest, Hudson-Odoi displayed his bags of talent, enough to make him the stand out player in attack. He assisted both of Alvaro Morata’s goals at the Bridge and was the clear danger man when his side took on Tottenham in the EFL Cup semi-final.
Having played through Chelsea youth ranks, the expectation is that Hudson-Odoi would have leaned more towards a decision to stay amid the Bayern links, but the Blues’ bad habit of failing to pass their academy talents unto consistent first-team football now works against them.
Over the years, several of their graduates have not had chances to see football at the senior level including Ruben Loftus-Cheek who had to wait a few years for his chance. Other like Ryan Bertrand had to move for recognition. The likes of Charly Musonda and Ola Aina are still waiting.
There are concerns that even the youngsters the club bought but had to find success elsewhere like Mohamed Salah, Romelu Lukaku, and Kevin De Bruyne may all be haunting the club in their bid to sign up bright prospects. Now their bid to keep their best academy graduate in a few years looks tougher by the day.