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Odoi scored his second goal for blues

  • Odoi scored his second goal for blues

Odoi scored his second goal for Blues. Hudson-Odoi gives Chelsea a taste of what they might miss. By scoring a well-taken goal in Chelsea’s FA Cup win over Sheffield Wednesday on Sunday, Callum Hudson-Odoi served up the latest power play in an increasingly fascinating battle between the teenager and the club. The England Under-19 winger’s cool finish after cutting inside ended the tie as a contest and came only 24 hours after he handed in a transfer request following a £35m bid from Bayern Munich. If it was meant to remind Chelsea of what they might miss out on, the timing was exquisite – and all from an 18-year-old who has only made 15 appearances, with one of those in the Community Shield. But as many people who have worked with him say, London-born Hudson-Odoi is no ordinary player. With the transfer deadline looming on Thursday, he is also showing remarkable composure for someone so young

Calm on and off the field

The cool head that Hudson-Odoi showed as he scored his second goal of the season is symptomatic of the way he has handled himself during negotiations about his future. Asked if that was his final game for Chelsea afterwards, he told BBC Sport: “I don’t know, I can’t say. I’ll keep working hard and you never know what will happen.” There have been no outbursts of frustration on social media and most of the times he has played, he has delivered. That is in keeping with the whole of his young career, according to former coaches. In his last five starts he has also made three goals, which is what the whole saga has been about – getting opportunities.

  • The Chelsea players certainly showed their faith in him as 46.8%

The Chelsea players certainly showed their faith in him as 46.8% of their attacks came down the right third of the pitch where Hudson-Odoi was stationed. “The goal was fantastic,” said former Liverpool and England midfielder Danny Murphy, who was watching the game for Match of the Day. “He showed he can play off his weaker foot, and as a wide player he is able to come inside or go outside. “He looks mature, calm and a super talent.”


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