Callum Hudson-Odoi’s 2nd senior aim for Chelsea must have been a second to savour for the club’s academy which has nurtured a prodigious talent considering that the age of eight.
Even so, rather the 18-12 months-old’s clinical finish towards Sheffield Wednesday on Sunday could have been his parting present to Stamford Bridge with Hudson-Odoi reportedly keen to force by means of a move to Bayern Munich just before Thursday’s transfer deadline.
Regardless of the club’s accomplishment in youth competitions and the hundreds of thousands produced in transfer costs from offering sought-soon after younger skills, retired former captain John Terry stays the final Chelsea academy graduate to grow to be a 1st-staff standard.
Annoyed at his lack of options, Hudson-Odoi handed in a transfer request in excess of the weekend in an try to safe a move to the Bundesliga champions, who have publicly expressed their curiosity in the England beneath-19 worldwide.
“What I can say is clear. Chelsea have to make him stay,” mentioned defender Antonio Rudiger. “It will be a pity if this young talent leaves us. He decides his future but Chelsea need to give him a new contract.” The Premier League club are desperate to lengthen Hudson-Odoi’s recent deal past 2020 and reportedly prepared to match an £85,000 ($112,000) a week supply from Bayern to do so.
Even so, minutes on the discipline, not income, seems to be the player’s prerogative as he hopes to stick to the trail blazed by Jadon Sancho at Borussia Dortmund.
Even though Chelsea are reinforcing their front line with the loan capture of 31-12 months-previous Gonzalo Higuain and Christian Pulisic, who will join from Dortmund up coming season, Bayern are hunting for replacements to the ageing Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben.
Hudson-Odoi has appreciated just 61 minutes of Premier League action this season regardless of impressing in pre-season.
It is an problem that has confronted numerous other Chelsea youngsters just before him. Maurizio Sarri is just the most recent manager doing work beneath the demand for instantaneous final results for the duration of the 16 many years of Roman Abramovich’s ownership of the club.
The Italian has consequently understandably favoured the knowledge of Willian and Pedro Rodriguez for the duration of his early months in charge, even though Hudson-Odoi has been left to wait.
There is a danger, however, that in in search of prepared-produced replacements in the transfer marketplace, the club is overlooking the talent inside of its very own ranks.
Kevin De Bruyne, Mohamed Salah, Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic did not come by means of the youth set-up but had been purchased as younger gamers with the prospective to produce into 1st-teamers. In every situation, they had to move on to get the knowledge that in the long run aided them develop into the gamers they are now.
And at the Vitality Stadium on Wednesday evening, Chelsea will be reminded of the capability of Nathan Ake, the Bournemouth centre-back who had to depart Stamford Bridge to get standard football and who is now linked with a return to his former club.
Andreas Christensen and Ethan Ampadu the two stood out towards Sheffield Wednesday, but the two will know that they are probably to return to the fringes.
Christensen, 22, who appreciated an extended run in the side beneath Antonio Conte, has presently expressed his disappointment and wish to move earlier this season.
And as Eden Hazard was played out of place as an unsuccessful brief-phrase correct to a shortage of trustworthy striking choices in current weeks, Tammy Abraham has been permitted to carry on to score ambitions freely for the duration of his loan spell at Aston Villa.
The concern for the Londoners is that if Hudson-Odoi moves on and comes anyplace near to matching Sancho’s accomplishment, other youngsters will stick to the winger’s illustration and make a decision their interests are ideal served by moving elsewhere.