Callum Hudson-Odoi, 18, is rapidly becoming one of the most talked about prospects in world football and with Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich seriously interested in the youngster, Jimmy Moorhouse takes a look why the Chelsea man should take the leap into German football.
Despite Chelsea’s arguable lack of attacking quality this season, with ageing wingers Pedro and Willian struggling to replicate previous seasons form, Hudson-Odoi has made fewer than ten first-team appearances for Chelsea, with the majority coming in cup competitions, usually against lesser opposition. If Hudson-Odoi is truly to realise his obvious potential, then he should make the move to Niko Kovac’s side.
Hudson-Odoi need not look any further than fellow England youngster Jadon Sancho, who has gained rave reviews since joining current Bundesliga leaders Borrusia Dortmund, having never made a first-team appearance under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City. Sancho was also 18 when he made the move to Dortmund and was immediately included in their first team.
This season alone he has scored six goals and recorded seven assists in a free-flowing Dortmund team which is flying high in the league, and that impressive form has seen him receive a call up to Gareth Southgate’s England squad.
Hudson-Odoi is just eight months younger than Sancho, but an England call up seems a long way away unless he can start making regular first-team appearances. At Bayern Munich, this seems a real possibility.
Sancho is not the only English youngster to impress since making the move to Germany, with Reiss Nelson also starring for Hoffenheim following a loan move from Arsenal.
A loan move, however, is exactly what Hudson-Odoi doesn’t need, as such a raw player with huge potential, he needs to play in a team where he has assurances over his future, and with the huge number of players currently out on loan from Chelsea, the last thing Odoi needs is to become another player who is just repeatedly sent out on loan.
With Bayern struggling in the league, and both Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery set to leave at the end of the season, it seems the ideal time for Hudson-Odoi to make the move.
It seems unlikely that Hudson-Odoi will be able to force himself into Maurizio Sarri’s first team plans in the near future, especially with the arrival of Christian Pulisic in July, and with the offer of regular first-team football seemingly on the table for the England U’19 international, a move to Germany would suit him perfectly.