Chelsea’s starlet has a big decision to make.
18-year-old Callum Hudson-Odoi has recently been in the news over his transfer saga with Bayern Munich. The youngster reportedly wants a move to Bavaria, but earlier this week Chelsea announced that they refuse to sell him in the January transfer window.
Although Hudson-Odoi won’t be going anywhere this winter, this does not rule out a potential summer move to the Allianz Arena. He will soon have a huge decision to make on his future, which won’t be as easy as it seems. Here’s why he should stay and why he should go.
WHY HUDSON-ODOI SHOULD STAY
Hudson-Odoi is at currently at his boyhood club, where he’s been since the age of eight. He’s gone through all the ranks at Chelsea, from playing in the FA Youth Cup to the Premier League. His breakthrough into the first team began with the arrival of Maurizio Sarri last summer, who he now trains and plays with on a full-time basis.
He is a huge fan favourite among the Stamford Bridge faithful, who relish seeing one of their own wear the famous blue shirt. Hudson-Odoi is already a fantastic player, and he has a huge amount of potential. He could truly flourish at Chelsea, and become a legend at Stamford Bridge if he stays.
Furthermore, he’s already gaining valuable gametime and experience. Although 11 appearances – just three in the Premier League – isn’t ideal for Hudson-Odoi, the fact he’s getting any chance at all is something to appreciate. He’s playing first-team football for one of the best teams in the country, and he’s still just 18-years-old.
As time goes on he will get more opportunities and even more game time at Chelsea. With the Blues’ other three wide options Eden Hazard, Willian and Pedro aged 28, 30 and 31, Hudson-Odoi is and could be the future.
WHY HUDSON-ODOI SHOULD GO
Although there are strong cases for him staying at Chelsea, there is equally good reasoning for Hudson-Odoi to go to Bayern.
The German club could massively help his career, potentially giving him far more gametime than he currently gets in London. Bayern are looking for fresh new wingers, as Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben look likely to leave at the end of the season. Both are 35-years-old, so they will be eager to bring someone young in.
Another motive to move to the Bundesliga is the success of Jason Sancho, a fellow English youngster who moved to Germany. Unable to break into Manchester City’s side, 18-year-old Sancho joined Borussia Dortmund in August 2017 And was an instant success.
Sancho has 7 goals and 12 Assists for BVB this season, with his outstanding recent form earning him his first England call-up. He had the same situation that Hudson-Odoi has in struggling for gametime at a big club, and a move to Germany could be key for him as it was for Sancho.
As a Chelsea fan, I really want Hudson-Odoi to stay, being a local lad and an academy product. However as a football fan, I have to question whether he’s actually better off leaving the club, for his career’s sake. It’s a difficult decision for Maurizio Sarri, the Chelsea board and most importantly, the man himself.
Hudson-Odoi’s Chelsea contract runs until summer 2020, but he could be on the move as soon as the upcoming summer transfer window. He’ll have a big decision to make when the time comes- should he stay or should he go?