Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi has made it clear to Thomas Tuchel that he prefers to play on the left flank after an impressive display in Saturday’s 7-0 win over Norwich City.
The 20-year-old has featured 25 times for Chelsea since Tuchel took over back in January.
According to Transfermarkt, Tuchel deployed him in one of the attacking positions 11 times, including in the Norwich win. In other words, Hudson-Odoi has actually had more appearances as a right wing-back than a forward under the manager.
Having had one goal and one assist in the last two games playing on the left of the front three, Hudson-Odoi has now admitted that he is far more comfortable playing in this position.
“My aim when playing in the front three is to score goals and make assists,” he told Chelsea’s official website.
“That is my favourite position, I’ve always played there.
“No matter where I play, I will give my best whatever position it is, but I feel most comfortable there.
“I have been playing there all my life, so I know the position very well.”
Hudson-Odoi to get more opportunities in his favourite position at Chelsea, but Tuchel wants consistency
To be fair, Tuchel himself is clearly aware of this.
After the midweek victory over Malmo, the German said during his press conference: “This is his best position, but sometimes he needs to help as a right wing-back.
“He needs to take it for the team, but we know the left position up front is his best position.”
It is just that Romelu Lukaku, Timo Werner, and Christian Pulisic’s injuries have presented Hudson-Odoi with the opportunities to impress in his preferred position.
Tuchel also knows that Hudson-Odoi is far more effective on the left wing, where he is able to cut inside onto his dominant right foot.
The German just wants to see more consistency from the young winger, while virtually confirming that Hudson-Odoi will start again against Southampton.
“He had a good game against Malmo, he had another good game today [vs Norwich],” he said after the game (via the club’s official website)
“There are still things to improve and to work on now.
‘He needs to show that he is able to produce performances like this consistently and it’s the time now to show that.
“The next opportunity is on Tuesday.”