Callum Hudson-Odoi admits position change ‘works perfectly’ at Chelsea
Callum Hudson-Odoi has praised the decision from Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel to use him as a wing-back at times, claiming that it “works perfectly” with his game.
Tuchel has started his reign in charge at Stamford Bridge with 10 points out of a possible 12 in the Premier League, while this week his side face Championship opposition Barnsley in the FA Cup.
The German boss is slowly starting to mark his stamp on the group, with the main difference being a change formation to use a three at the back system
One of the surprise decisions from him so far is the way he’s used Hudson-Odoi as a full-back in a couple of games.
The 20-year-old Chelsea star is an attacker with great pace, dribbling and directness to his game, which is why he usually plays further up the pitch in wide attacking positions.
But Tuchel started his time in charge by using the English speedster as a right wing-back, something that looked extremely effective.
Hudson-Odoi has also been pushed into the attacking positions under Tuchel, but the new manager is someone that opened the idea to him as being a wing-back and it’s something he’s admitted suits him.
“When he asked me to play wing-back I was a bit surprised, I was like ‘I’ve never played it before’. But I took it in my stride and it works perfectly,” Hudson-Odoi told Stadium Astro.
“I feel like as the games went on it felt perfect. I was comfortable in that position. He told me how to play it before the game and then he showed me some clips before.
“As the game goes on you can see the space always open up in the wide areas. I feel like for myself as a wide player I like to get the ball wide and create from there.”
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Aged 20, Hudson-Odoi is still an emerging talent that is a lot younger than people think because of how early he broke into the Chelsea first team.
He’s surely going to end up being a forward player throughout his career, but showing the tactical awareness to suit a full-back role proves his high football intelligence.
There is real competition for places right now in the Blues squad, but it looks like he’s made a strong early impression on Tuchel.