Chelsea: Callum Hudson-Odoi is the future

The Chelsea forward is currently away with the extremely talented England under-17's at the FIFA World Cup.


RealSport profile the youngster and explain why you should take note of his talent and potential.

Background

Born in London on the 7th November 2000, Hudson-Odoi is one of a number of English youngsters born this century capable of becoming part of a golden generation for their club and country. The forward has been with Chelsea since joining the club’s under eights side and has continued his progression ever since.

He is capable of playing all across the forward line, or just in behind and has recently been linked with moves to Juventus, Benfica and QPR, however recently signed a new three-year deal to stay with the Blues.

Why you need to know him

If you follow youth football, you already know all about the talents and potential of Hudson-Odoi.

The Chelsea star is a goalscorer and creator. Despite only being 16, he quickly cemented his place in the under 18 squad for Chelsea, helping the side to the treble with eight goals in 25 appearances.

Hudson-Odoi has also already made inroads for the under 23s at Chelsea, and was sensational in a game against Manchester United, coming on as a substitute with the side 2-0 down, only to set up one and score another to inspire an unlikely comeback. 

He helped the England under-17 squad reach the final of the European Championships in the summer, scoring in the final against Spain before losing out on penalties.

The forward scored the opening goal of a 4-0 win over Chile under 17s in the recent World Cup group game. Hudson-Odoi’s talent and playing style has brought comparisons with Eden Hazard and it is easy to see why.

The 16-year-old is a wonderful passer of the ball, and is often dropping deep to dictate the game for his side. His vision and intelligence of making the right pass at the right time is extremely impressive for someone so young. The London born forward can play the defence splitting final ball, or switch the play.

He is also a nightmare to pick up for opposition defences and has a wonderful appreciation of where to be and where to position himself.

His runs from deep can often find himself in goalscoring areas, where he will more often than not finish with his excellent composure.

Hudson-Odoi also has rapid feet and wonderful dribbling ability. He is able to go either side of the defender and is brilliant at creating a yard for himself where he is then able to burst away from his man with his acceleration.

Hudson-Odoi is an extremely talented youngster with a ton of potential, and whilst he still has a long way to go and it is important not to build him up too much, he is certainly someone you should keep an eye on.

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Harry Brooks

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Harry graduated from UAL in Elephant and Castle with a 2:1 BA Hons degree in sports journalism.

He has an NCTJ diploma and also coaches football and teaches PE in schools.

Harry loves to talk football tactics!

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