Callum Hudson-Odoi proposed as a viable signing for Newcastle United as Eddie Howe looks for attacking power
Callum Hudson-Odoi is one of those players that seems to have been around a long time, yet is still only 21.
Checking back, he was only just over two months past his 17th birthday when first playing Premier League minutes back in January 2018.
So he has been around for four years in terms of a Premier League presence but like many a Chelsea player, Callum Hudson-Odoi finding it difficult to become a regular starter.
A regular turnover of managers, loads of players signed, whilst others coming through their youth system.
The net result is that these past three seasons have seen seven, ten and eleven Premier League starts for the winger, whilst named on the bench 52 times in these last three years in PL games.
Now Callum Hudson-Odoi has been put forward as a very credible signing for Newcastle United, a move that could benefit both player and NUFC.
Callum Hudson-Odoi has been linked with Newcastle previously and former Chelsea and Liverpool defender Glen Johnson, thinks ‘Maybe Newcastle will get the best out of him.’
Johnson declaring ‘He needs to play football every week so to go somewhere like Newcastle where he’s being taken out of his comfort zone to focus on his football.’
Even though he is still only 21, Callum Hudson-Odoi now maybe already at a major crossroads in his career. Last season he did have injury issues but even so, still no real suggestion he is going to become an automatic first choice player for Chelsea.
His productivity / end product has dropped as well, in 2019/20 despite only seven Premier League starts there were six PL direct goal involvements (one goal and five assists), in 2020/21 it was ten PL starts and five direct goal involvements (scored two, assisted three), then last (2021/22) PL season it was eleven starts but only three PL direct goal involvements (one goal, two assists).
With England he looked a massive prospect and Callum Hudson-Odoi made his senior debut aged only 18 in 2019, playing three times for the senior side. The young winger then playing regularly for the England Under 21s but the last appearance for them was 16 months ago and no sign of a progression back to the senior squad. Surely only regular first team football in the early part of the new season will give him any chance of making the plane to Qatar.
Also, you have to take into account that up to this point, Callum Hudson-Odoi has been a bonus player for Chelsea in the Premier League, counted as an under 21 player and able to be used over and above the official 25 man official PL squad.
This coming season, under 21s are players born after 1 January 2001, Callum Hudson-Odoi was born on 7 November 2000 and will turn 22 in four months time, with any Premier League club having to include him in their senior PL squad. With so many players and so much competition at Chelsea, no guarantees that the winger would make the cut.
Personally, I would love to see Callum Hudson-Odoi at Newcastle United, with him and ASM on the wings, Wilson through the middle and a lot of pace and potential threat there. An initial loan deal could suit both Newcastle and Chelsea so maybe one to watch as a possible deal.
Glen Johnson talking to bettingodds .com on whether Callum Hudson-Odoi well be leaving Chelsea this summer:
“He (Callum Hudson-Odoi) has spells where he looks unplayable and then he has days where it looks like he shouldn’t be playing in the Premier League.
“If he gets his head straight then I think he’s got a lot to offer but I think his days at Chelsea are over to be honest.
“He’s still young but for me he’s got a lot to learn.
“He needs to play football every week so to go somewhere like Newcastle where he’s being taken out of his comfort zone to focus on his football.
“Maybe Newcastle will get the best out of him.
“A loan move would possibly work if he goes somewhere to play every week.
“He’s got a lot to offer so Chelsea won’t want to give him up easily – that could be another one of those signings where they let him go and try and buy him back again for £100million in two years’ time.
“To let him go on a year’s loan, or even two years, to let him learn his trade where he’s playing every single week and then call him back is better than technically throwing everything away.”
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