Chelsea opinion: The Blues should hold onto Callum Hudson-Odoi
Odoi is one of the best young European prospects and is seen as the long-term heir to Eden Hazard now that the Belgium maestro no longer dons the Blue of Stamford Bridge.
Hudson-Odoi is already an England international at the age of 18 and had his breakthrough campaign last season under Maurizio Sarri towards the second half of last season.
The academy graduate is a part of a talented generation in English football led by the likes of Jadon Sancho and Phil Foden. Hudson-Odoi is capable of playing in most attacking positions, which include the flanks and the number 10 role.
Much like his compatriot Jadon Sancho, Hudson-Odoi is very good in tight spaces because of his dribbling ability and low centre of gravity. He is also equally capable of creating and scoring goals.
Bayern Munich are in need of wingers after losing legendary footballers, Arjen Robben and Frank Ribery. Hudson-Odoi will be capable of filling the void and Bayern’s interest in him is a testament to how highly-rated he is.
Hazard will go down as one of Chelsea’s greatest players ever and finding a replacement would have been hard enough as it is but with the transfer ban, it will be compounded.
It doesn’t help that Chelsea is a club that has to go into most seasons with the Premier League and Champions League as the aim but the hierarchy will know that it’s a step too far for this season.
Frank Lampard will need all the help that he can get with a very difficult job in his second year as a manager after spending a season with Derby County in the Championship, where he nearly got them promoted to the Premier League.
Lampard has shown the propensity to use young players during his time at Derby, with the likes of Harry Wilson, Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori getting their chances.
Chelsea have a famed academy but not enough players have made it to the first-team and this is why Hudson-Odoi will face some apprehension.
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However, with Lampard at the wheel and Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Hudson-Odoi himself making the first-team, there’s no better time to be a young player at Chelsea and the youngster should continue his progress at the Bridge.