Hudson-Odoi Unhappy at Chelsea?
There were strong rumours in the January transfer window of a possible move for Callum Hudson-Odoi from Chelsea to Bayern Munich. With Jadon Sancho enjoying a great season in the Bundesliga for Borussia Dortmund plus Reiss Nelson and Rabbi Matondo opting to join German clubs, Hudson-Odoi would have been following in the footsteps of young British talent.
However, the move to the Bundesliga champions was blocked by Chelsea, despite the club receiving a large bid for the player. It wasn’t as if Bayern Munich were trying to get the player because he was available cheaply, they bid a sizeable amount for the young English winger but the deal was blocked by the Blues.
Lack of Game Time
Having rejected an increased bid from Bayern Munich, it was thought Hudson-Odoi would be handed the chance he has been waiting for in the first team. Were Chelsea about to unleash the skilful forward on the Premier League?
The answer was a resounding no and since the potential move to Bayern Munich was blocked, Hudson-Odoi has failed to make a starting appearance in the Premier League. The 18-year-old has been brought on from the bench but with little time remaining, which is very disappointing.
The England under-19 international did not start the match at Malmo in the UEFA Europa League Round of 32, appearing for just 6 minutes at the end of the game.
During the recent 2-0 loss at the hands of Manchester United in the FA Cup, the game was crying out for an injection of forward thrust for Chelsea. Instead of bringing on Hudson-Odoi to try and do something different, Maurizio Sarri opted to make like-for-like changes and the Englishman remained on the bench.
A photo emerged from that game showing Hudson Odoi looking across at Sarri with the kind of stare you reserve for your worst enemy. While a player should never undermine the manager, it must be difficult not to let your anger spill out when you are not being used. Sarri opted to bring on Davide Zappacosta, a defensive player, as a substitute instead of Hudson-Odoi when Chelsea needed goals and it was very a strange decision.
The more Hudson-Odoi is left out during the remainder of the season the more likely it is he is going to make a move in the summer transfer window.
Bayern Munich and PSG
With Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery coming to the end of their time at Bayern Munich, Hudson-Odoi appears to be their number one target as a replacement. BetVictor offer 4/1 for Hudson-Odoi to move to Bayern Munich in the summer.
Paris Saint-Germain have also emerged as a possible destination for Hudson-Odoi and you can get 12/1 for the winger to move to the French capital before 2nd September 2019. Interestingly, Liverpool and Manchester City have also emerged as potential destinations and both are listed at 16/1 with BetVictor.
If Hudson-Odoi’s game time does not increase by the end of the season, it will be interesting to see if Chelsea can hold on to him.