With the deadline day for this summer’s transfer window now passed, Chelsea had been one of the busier clubs. They were working on deals for Saul Niguez and Jules Kounde, with the former having been completed.
🚨 Borussia Dortmund are in talks to sign Callum Hudson-Odoi on loan. The Chelsea winger would be open to the move as he wants regular first-team football. (Source: Sky Sports) pic.twitter.com/agJTzRK6gy
— Transfer News Live (@DeadlineDayLive) August 29, 2021
However, there was a discussion of a departure that could have benefited both player and club in the long run. Exciting winger Callum Hudson-Odoi who has long been touted as a player of immense capabilities and electrifying talent had been asked for on loan by Borussia Dortmund.
Callum Hudson-Odoi will NOT join Dortmund this window.
— Max Bielefeld (@Sky_MaxB) August 31, 2021
Thomas Tuchel has one of the most settled and star-studded squads at his disposal but the pathway for youngsters has been restricted a lot. That is why this move made a lot of sense for everyone involved.
Coming to the club in question which wanted Hudson-Odoi and their record of development with youth players. To quote Nice Peter from the Epic Rap Battles video “Frederick Douglass vs. Thomas Jefferson”- “let me run down my resume, will ya?”
- Mario Gotze (17)
- Marco Reus (23)
- Robert Lewandowski (22)
- Jadon Sancho (17)
- Jude Bellingham (17)
- Gio Reyna (18)
- Donyell Malen (22)
- Erling Braut Haaland (20)
- Youssoufa Moukoko (16)
Thanks to Haaland’s four goals, 🇩🇪 Youssoufa Moukoko makes his Bundesliga debut!
16 years old.
He is the youngest ever to do so. pic.twitter.com/3FmJ4bIsN7
— Football Wonderkids (@fbwonderkids) November 21, 2020
These are just some of the players that have played or are playing for Dortmund and the age at which they made their debuts. The first four names became world-beaters at the club while the final five names are integral pieces right now.
Jude Bellingham is the youngest Englishman to ever score a goal in the UEFA Champions League…
Built different. 🤯 pic.twitter.com/RKLUq0QJ4h
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 14, 2021
So, it is no surprise that the club has a strong reputation of turning youngsters into first-team regulars which enable them to play for any club in the world. With Marco Rose, they have one of the most dynamic and upcoming coaches who is not averse to putting his faith in players who can develop their game.
Marco Reus took charge 💪 pic.twitter.com/1ejVb3Ycfz
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) August 17, 2021
Hudson-Odoi has been blessed with supreme pace and skills which would have added to the current crop of supreme technicians that the club has right now. He could have been a direct rival to Thomas Meunier for the right-wing/wingback position Even if did not become an immediate starter, the number of minutes from the bench would have certainly increased with the chance to feature regularly in matches.
Today Gio Reyna:
– Scored his 6th career Bundesliga goal
– Became the youngest player ever (18 years, 287 days) to reach 50 career Bundesliga appearances.
Borussia Dortmund beat Hoffenheim 3-2. pic.twitter.com/IslTsohaB3
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) August 27, 2021
That is a far cry from his current situation where he has found game time really hard to come by and only started the UEFA Super Cup when several senior pros were absent. In comparison, Reyna has already reached 50 league matches and he is younger! That just speaks to the improvement a club like Dortmund can have on players aiming for a breakthrough in their careers.
BLUES FOR HUDSON-ODOI
Chelsea inexplicably insisted on keeping CHO for this season and did not want to loan him out. Players in similar position like Fikayo Tomori, Marc Guehi, and others have all left. If the idea is to give him more first-team action, there has been no indication till now.
You knew it was bad but seeing it visualised like this shows you how far out of the team Callum Hudson-Odoi currently is.
— Nizaar Kinsella (@NizaarKinsella) August 31, 2021
If anything, the relationship has been a bit strained after he was infamously replaced just 31 minutes into a substitute appearance against Southampton in February. He has featured in cup competitions and even played all the friendly matches in pre-season but regular game time is not coming anytime soon.
Here is Callum Hudson Odoi stats whenever he starts a game. It’s actually quite good. pic.twitter.com/9q0gmtq8Mr
— Frank Khalid (@FrankKhalidUK) February 3, 2021
CHO turned down a call-up to the England U21 squad this week in order to focus on his game at Chelsea. To say that he is being benched due to not producing will be a bit of a stretch. He has contributed three goals and nine assists in the Premier League from a total of 55 appearances (21 starts) since the 2018-19 season.
If Tuchel’s plan is to use him, why not just do it? The fact that Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, Mason Mount, Christian Pulisic, Hakim Ziyech are all ahead of CHO in the pecking order so it is really hard to see where the supposed minutes are going to come from. It does look like another season on the bench largely for CHO and that should frustrate the player a lot.
NOT GIVING UP
Even though CHO was open to moving to Dortmund, that did not come to fruition in the end. That draws similarity to how his compatriot Ainsley Maitland-Niles is purportedly being treated by Arsenal going by the player’s social media post which has caused a furore.
— MailOnline Sport (@MailSport) August 31, 2021
Nevertheless, his qualities and gameplay deserve much better. CHO had a pass success rate of 82.3%, 12.24 progressive carries and 19.3 tackles (all P90) last season. That put him in the top 93, 98, 87 percentile respectively in those respective categories across players of Europe in similar positions.
Callum Hudson-Odoi's stats against Man City last night.
100% take ons completed
95% pass accuracy
3 ball recoveries
2 chances created
— CFC-Blues ⭐️⭐️ (@CFCBlues_com) January 4, 2021
Dortmund with him would have been an even scarier proposition and may have pushed Bayern Munich more in the title race as well as making inroads in the Champions League. With Chelsea, he will remain a bit-part player unless he dramatically impresses Tuchel or one of the senior pros experiences a severe loss in form which is highly unlikely.
Thomas Tuchel has insisted he does not want Callum Hudson-Odoi to leave Chelsea on loan, but the manager has questioned the winger’s decision to snub a place in England’s Under-21 squad. pic.twitter.com/q35kbrqhnn
— Frank Khalid (@FrankKhalidUK) August 28, 2021
There have been a lot of youth exits this summer for the Blues but CHO will not be joining that list. Instead, he will have to settle for scraps and hope that Tuchel uses him a bit more given how he wanted the player to remain so much.