Callum Hudson-Odoi’s patchy form has continued with a 60 minutes for England where he had a couple of bright moments but struggled to affect the game consistently.
There have been a lot of very valid reasons given for his lack of sparkle recently, but there are some important things to remember.
Firstly, let’s not forget his actual return was very promising. He scored and assisted through his first series of games on returning from his long injury, and looked back to his best.
So in a way, the injury is no excuse, we’ve seen him play at a high level already. The problem is more than the injury has affected his confidence long term, so this perfectly normal slightly dry spell is affecting him.
Last season he was all about those special moments, taking risky shots from range and taking players on. It was all working perfectly then, and he just rode the wave.
Now his form isn’t as good, his confidence is failing, and it’s becoming a vicious cycle.
It’s just what happens though, especially with young players, and it will only take another couple of bright moments to spark him back into life.