Ben Chilwell situation sets the tone as Callum Hudson-Odoi’s Chelsea spot comes under threat – Anita Abayomi

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It feels like we have not spoken about Callum Hudson-Odoi enough within the last two weeks.

We may have posted five or six articles about him but the level of praise needs to be as loud as possible for Thomas Tuchel to hear.

There should be a poll of some sort where Chelsea fans get to choose one player to start in every match. I can guarantee that Callum Hudson-Odoi will be the first player on the team sheet.

Despite Timo Werner and Christian Pulisic both coming back from injury, can Tuchel justify bringing them back into the team with the way Callum has been playing in their absence?

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In the last four out of five matches where Callum Hudson-Odoi has played in a front three, he has arguably been the consistent stand-out player. It’s no secret that Chelsea boss, Tuchel has preferred the 20-year-old in a right-wing-back position since his arrival in January earlier this year. Fans had their voices heard when Tuchel finally decided to give him a run of games further up the pitch.

Safe to say that he is yet to disappoint.

Chelsea faced Burnley over the weekend and despite not being on the score sheet, Hudson-Odoi looked to be the most threatening in front of goal.

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His presence kind of reminds me of Eden Hazard. Not always direct but often is able to take on 3-4 players at one time. He is able to get out of tight spaces and pick out the passes that Chelsea have not had success with in recent times. He not only occupies the left-wing, but he can also provide the exact same effect on the right.

A versatile king, we love to see it. Callum Hudson-Odoi has been Chelsea’s best player in recent matches.



Callum Hudson-Odoi has been Chelsea's best player in recent matches.
Callum Hudson-Odoi has been Chelsea’s best player in recent matches.

His skill set slightly differs from that of Timo Werner. I’d say Werner has less of the flair and more of a direct style of play. He likes to make sneaky runs and find areas to exploit, however so does Callum Hudson-Odoi. They are both capable of drawing 3-4 players towards them and getting out of tight spots.

The pair share attributes, however, I guess it’s a matter of preference. Would Tuchel prefer the player with the flair or a more direct attacker?

Christian Pulisic is also another factor that may play into Hudson-Odoi’s potential run of games. We all know the level of quality that Captain America can produce. We’ve seen it before, in the 2020 project restart era. The question now is, have we seen it ever since?

Pulisic has had his struggles with injuries in the past. His injury record precedes his time at Chelsea, however, his talent is what keeps us, the fans, faithful. A prolific dribbler, an excruciating threat in front of goal. It’ll be difficult to keep him on the bench despite Hudson-Odoi’s form.

I would tell Tuchel that the same energy that he gave Chilwell will need to apply. Werner and Pulisic will need to earn their way back into the team. I do not think it is as simple as easily replacing Kai Havertz with Romelu Lukaku. All three players battling for their spot will need to prove that they are capable of rising to the challenge.

With Mason Mount sure to start the majority of matches, the room for error is narrow for Hudson-Odoi. He needs to keep up the moment and positive attitude in order to cement his position in the front three.

It’s sad to think that his spot will be in jeopardy the second Timo Werner is back from injury. All of his graft, all the hard work potentially going down the drain. Let’s give him a fair chance and let the boys put on their best armour and fight it out when they have the minutes.

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