Callum Hudson-Odoi: Demanding a seat at the table

Often times than not, it is said that one man’s loss is another man’s treasure. Perhaps this idiom might be true for Callum Hudson-Odoi. The young Chelsea winger has been making headlines of late.

Callum Hudson-Odoi of Chelsea controls the ball against Dino Djulbic and Scott Neville of the Glory during the international friendly between Chelsea FC and Perth Glory at Optus Stadium on July 23, 2018 in Perth, Australia.  (July 22, 2018 - Source: Paul Kane/Getty Images AsiaPac)

Callum Hudson-Odoi of Chelsea controls the ball against Dino Djulbic and Scott Neville of the Glory during the international friendly between Chelsea FC and Perth Glory at Optus Stadium on July 23, 2018 in Perth, Australia.

(July 22, 2018 - Source: Paul Kane/Getty Images AsiaPac)

Odoi is one player whose talent cannot be questioned. In the few games he’s played thus far, he’s certainly proven that he’s one for the future. Possessing immense skill that can rival the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Marcus Rashford, capped with eccentric pace that can make Kyle Walker think twice about overlapping, this young lad with African roots is surely kicking it.

Family background

Odoi comes from a footballing family. His father, Bismark Odoi who was born in Ghana, played for top Ghanaian side Hearts of Oak before becoming his son's agent. Furthermore, Odoi’s elder brother Bradley, was once part of Fulham's academy and at present, he plays for non-league side Wealdstone.

What the future looks like for Odoi

Recently, news broke that FIFA have imposed a transfer ban on Chelsea for a breach related to the signing of under-aged players. This means the team will be prohibited from buying any players until the summer of 2020. As such, whilst this might be somewhat seen as a setback for the London side’s quest to beef up its squad, it might just be the right tonic for Odoi on the other hand. The 18-year old has been restricted to limited game time this season, with four substitute league appearances thus far. On the flip side, Odoi has been hitting the ground running in cup competitions, where most of his game time has been coming from. Widely considered as the jewel in Chelsea’s academy crown, the English youngster has shown glimpses of the hype that has surrounded the player in recent times.

Odoi is one player whose talent cannot be questioned. In the few games he’s played thus far, he’s certainly proven that he’s one for the future. Possessing immense skill that can rival the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Marcus Rashford, capped with eccentric pace that can make Kyle Walker think twice about overlapping...
— SIphosethu Thwala, FirstTouch Africa

Also worth mentioning is how Odoi’s talent has even caught the eye of German giants Bayern Munich. The Bundesliga giants made four separate offers for the player during the January transfer window, showing how highly-regarded the England youth international is. Nonetheless, with the likes of Pedro and Willian being above 30 years of age, coupled with Chelsea’s transfer ban, perhaps this might be the right combination of events that might enable Callum Hudson-Odoi to be on the brink of earning a placing in the Blues’ starting eleven more regularly.

Perhaps a bitter pill to swallow for African fans is the fact that Odoi might be another of the many talents with African descent that have chosen to represent European national teams. Nonetheless, many are excited about the potential that Odoi possesses and one can’t help but wonder how far he can go in his football career.