Callum Hudson-Odoi is an individual that Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel should look to unleash tonight against Malmo. 

The Blues host Swedish opposition Malmo at 8pm on Wednesday night for a Champions League group stage encounter.

Of course, Tuchel has an array of attacking talent within his squad.

It’s fair to say that the Blues manager is still trying to get the best out of his forward line this season, so it wouldn’t be the worst idea to mix it up from the weekend’s 1-0 Premier League win over Brentford. 

Hudson-Odoi, 20, is one of the players that should come into Tuchel’s thoughts. The German coach previously called him “fantastic” this year. 

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Chelsea talent Hudson-Odoi tormented Malmo in 2019

Hudson-Odoi was an unused substitute at the weekend against Brentford, but this midweek European tie is against an opponent he knows well.

The English attacker previously played in Chelsea’s 3-0 win against Malmo at Stamford Bridge back in February 2019 in the Europa League. He completed 90 minutes on that day as a right-winger and players don’t easily forget successes against opponents.

The 20-year-old scored a well-taken goal and it was the kind of dazzling performance that made supporters so excited about his breakthrough. 

 

He’s now passed 100 first-team appearances for the Blues since graduating from the academy and many feel he’s still miles off reaching his potential.

Tuchel should seriously consider unleashing Hudson-Odoi on Malmo and giving him the same kind of freedom he enjoyed over two years ago under ex-boss Maurizio Sarri.

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Spots still up for grabs

There are a handful of players in the Chelsea squad that you can guess are nailed-on starters for any big games. However, there are surely several positions still up in the air and there are competition for places.

Hudson-Odoi has looked positive in recent opportunities as a forward player, something he much prefers to slotting in as a make-shift wing-back. 

The English speedster needs another chance to show he gives the Blues an extra directness, along with some width when he plays.

It he gets the chance against Malmo, he’s got to take it. Here is our predicted XI to play tonight.

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