Young Chelsea forward Callum Hudson Odoi is set to join Bayer Leverkusen on a loan this season. The 21-year-old player is pushing for a move away from Chelsea this season. Callum Hudson Odoi is keen to play football regularly this season. However, the arrival of Raheem Sterling and Armando Broja has pushed him further down the pecking order. Hudson Odoi was excluded from the squad on the first day of the Premier League. In the second match of the league, he was kept on the bench as an unused substitute.
Several Premier League clubs such as Newcastle, Leicester, and Southampton were interested in acquiring the services of the player. However, the forward turned down a move to all of the clubs in preference for a move to Germany. Now, several media outlets in Germany are reporting that Leverkusen is pushing for the inclusion of a permanent buy clause. However, Chelsea are reluctant to let a top talent such as Hudson Odoi leave Stamford Bridge permanently.
Hudson Odoi started his career at Chelsea with enormous promise and potential. However, since his debut in 2018, he has struggled with injury and consistency issues. Now, he has become one of the fringe players in the Chelsea squad. The lack of game time is sure to affect his performance, so, a move away from Chelsea on a loan to improve his game is the best option for Hudson Odoi
Thomas Tuchel’s update on the future of Hudson Odoi
Thomas Tuchel provided an update on the future of Callum Hudson Odoi in his pre-match conference against Leeds United. He said that Chelsea will not encourage its current players to leave the squad due to the upcoming congested fixture that the Blues will face in the future.
“I know there are a lot of talks. We will also not comment on our players. We will not encourage our players to go out in the moment. Chelsea had now two training sessions with 18 players. In a schedule where we play once a week it is not a problem. I look a little bit, the chin up a little bit and look at the schedule that is coming with Southampton during the week and two Champions League matches, it’s coming. It’s in front of the door. We will need a lot of players and quality players to be competitive. At the moment, like I said, we have what we have. We know what we’re looking for. From there we go and only from there we can think about letting players go.”Thomas Tuchel via Sportbible