Why Chelsea’s loan move for Callum Hudson-Odoi would be ideal for all parties
A familiar transfer saga is set to be reignited as Bayern Munich have made enquiries about Chelsea ace Callum Hudson-Odoi, according to Sky Germany (h/t Metro). The Bavarians made initial attempts to sign the winger back in 2019 but were unsuccessful.
The youngster signed a new contract with the Blues, which ended the matter then and there. Now, the situation has changed a lot due to Chelsea’s rampant transfer activity this season.
A Londoner through and through, Hudson-Odoi joined Chelsea’s youth academy in 2007. He made good progress as he climbed up the youth sides and was promoted to the senior team in 2017.
The 19-year-old winger made his debut for the senior side in January 2018 against Newcastle in an FA Cup tie. He scored his first goal for the team in a Europa League fixture against PAOK in November 2018.
He is yet to feature for Chelsea on a regular basis but one can point out to the fact that Chelsea had Eden Hazard and Willian on the wings at that time. So far, he has made 62 appearances for the team, scoring 8 goals and assisting 11.
A regular for the England youth sides, Hudson-Odoi was a part of the U-17 side that won the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2017. He has also featured thrice for the senior side.
What should Chelsea do with Hudson-Odoi?
Chelsea are back to familiar territory as they are in the midst of a spending spree this summer. Due to the transfer ban last year, they fielded a lot of academy players that included Hudson-Odoi. Now, with a whole new attack in the form of Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech, it is highly unlikely that Hudson-Odoi would be anything more than a squad player.
Bayern Munich are fresh off a treble-winning season. The club do have ample wingers in the form of Serge Gnabry, Kingsley Coman and new signing Leroy Sane and it does not make a lot of sense to go for another one. But one has to consider the fact that they have lost Ivan Perisic and Coutinho, who have returned to Inter Milan and Barcelona after their loan spells.
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This is an extremely delicate situation as the player is in his formative years and needs regular game time, something which Chelsea can’t provide. However, with Bayern proposing an initial loan deal, Chelsea can opt to agree to that. They can reassess the situation once his loan is over and take a decision at that time.