Scouting expert: Callum Hudson-Odoi must leave Chelsea for a team where he's guaranteed starts
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Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi should leave Stamford Bridge for a club where he is guaranteed to start regularly this summer, says Dave Azzopardi.
The 21-year-old forward has asked to leave the club where he came through the academy for more regular football, having failed to make the squad for the opening game against Everton.
He has been linked with Everton, Leicester and Southampton as well as Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga, but after a move to Bayern Munich collapsed in 2019 when he signed a new deal he now needs to get regular minutes to show that he could still become a top player.
“He’s an interesting one,” he told The Football Wonderkids.
“He’s been linked with some top clubs and really heavily linked with Bayern Munich, and we’ve seen younger English players recently go abroad and in Germany and Italy and do really well.
“It’s strange that didn’t come to fruition, but in his strongest position as a winger he’s somebody that lacks consistency. He’s in and out of the team, we’ve seen him play wing-back as well, so I think he needs to find a team.
“Southampton and Leicester are a good level for him, where he can guarantee himself starting every single week in his preferred position and showing everyone what he can do.”
Hudson-Odoi was named on the Chelsea bench for the 2-2 draw against Tottenham this past weekend but was an unused substitute despite Thomas Tuchel using all five substitutes.
Timo Werner and Romelu Lukaku have already left the club this summer with Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech’s futures up in the air but there seems to still be no place for him in the attack.
He has also filled in at wing-back in the past, but Ruben Loftus-Cheek got the nod in that position for the game which further points to his departure.
Hudson-Odoi is hopeful of making the World Cup squad for Ghana this winter, after switching allegiances after falling out of favour in the England setup despite winning three senior caps already.