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Callum Hudson-Odoi: Time to step up for Chelsea talent

When Bayern Munich are bidding £35 million for you at 18 years having hardly kicked a ball, you know you’re special. Callum Hudson-Odoi is one of Chelsea’s most exciting prospects. That says a lot considering the plethora of talent being churned out at Stamford Bridge. He’s started 2019/20 well, but it’s time to step it up and fill Eden Hazard’s boots.

The 19 year old, as aforementioned, is a huge talent at the disposal of The Blues. Frank Lampard’s side is arguably the most exciting young side in Europe. Hot take perhaps, but they’re definitely up there. Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount have been sensational. Tomori, Reece James and more recently Christian Pulisic have been excellent. Yet surprisingly, Hudson-Odoi has been one of the more quiet ones in their youthful side.

High cost, high expectations

Don’t take me the wrong way, the 19 year old HASN’T been bad. 3 assists in 6 Premier League games, most of which have been substitute appearances, is quite impressive. But the youngster is capable of so much more. Lampard knows it, he knows it, the whole Chelsea fan base knows it.

You could argue Hudson-Odoi deserves more time to adapt and is still incredibly young. I don’t deny that. But we have to look at it financially too. He’s on £120,000, a wage that seems ridiculous for such a young age. With that comes expectation. At the moment, is he justifying that contract? No, absolutely not. However, it’s meant Chelsea have tied him down for the long term and he has to start showing his worth soon. Otherwise, fans may start asking questions of one of their hottest prospects.

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Callum Hudson-Odoi – In front of goal

He’s still struggling to dislodge a 31 year old declining Willian from the first team. Though the Brazilian has performed decently in terms of figures this season, Hudson-Odoi has to be starting. The only way he’s going to be able to do that is take his chances off the bench.

He needs to work on his finishing. The England international moves very well and positions himself perfectly for the chance in on goal. But he is not clinical as of yet. If he wants to truly replace Hazard and justify his wage, he needs to start taking these chances. High expectations, but that comes with his talent and ability.

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