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Why Chelsea letting go of their talented out-of-favour 19-year-old starlet would be the ideal decision

BURNLEY, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 31: Callum Hudson-Odoi of Chelsea looks on where a commemorative poppy can be seen on his shirt to mark Armistice Day following the Premier League match between Burnley and Chelsea at Turf Moor on October 31, 2020 in Burnley, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

Why Chelsea should let go of Callum Hudson-Odoi

According to ESPN, Bayern Munich have again been linked with a move for Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi. The German club have been long term admirers of the youngster and their interest in him goes back as far as January 2019. Despite his new contract, they came in with an improved offer in the last transfer window. Chelsea maintained their stance and rebuffed all efforts to keep their starlet.

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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.

Callum Hudson-Odoi has enjoyed success with Chelsea's youth teams (Getty Images)
Callum Hudson-Odoi has enjoyed success with Chelsea’s youth teams (Getty Images)

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 72 appearances for the team, scoring 10 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.

Chelsea should allow Hudson-Odoi to leave

Chelsea are back to familiar territory as they were 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.

That has exactly been the case. The winger has been afforded just 168 minutes in the Premier League and 161 minutes in the Champions League. Only Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham have been regulars for the side this season.

Callum Hudson-Odoi (R) in action against Manchester United (Getty Images)
Callum Hudson-Odoi (R) in action against Manchester United (Getty Images)

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. Hence, it does not make a lot of sense for them 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 respectively 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. At Bayern, he is likely to get more opportunities and would also get a chance to keep growing.

The Bavarians have been known to encourage youth and Hudson-Odoi could benefit from a move. Chelsea should not stand in the player’s way and hamper his development.

Written by Sourav Ghosh

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