Callum Hudson-Odoi scored his first Premier League goal in Chelsea’s 3-0 win against Burnley on Saturday. The 19-year-old kept his place in the starting 11 after a strong performance in the FA Cup last weekend and played well once more.
He was in the right place at the right time to convert a Cesar Azpilicueta cross and score his first league goal for the club. It capped off an impressive performance from Hudson-Odoi and a Chelsea side who have struggled at Stamford Bridge this season.
It is clear that the England U-21 star is beginning to find his confidence once again and his goal could prove to be the catalyst for him really kicking on in the second half of the season.
CHO did not look like the same player Chelsea fans saw last season when he first returned from injury. He lacked the same cutting edge and seemed to be holding back, which made him less effective when given an opportunity.
In recent weeks, he looks a different player. His goal against Burnley presents a moment that has a real storyline feeling to it. The Clarets were the team that Hudson-Odoi suffered his ruptured achilles tendon against last season. To come full circle and score his first Premier League goal against them will be a really satisfying moment for the youngster.
It will allow him to put his injury worries behind him and focus on becoming the player Chelsea fans hope he can be.
As reported by the club website, Frank Lampard was keen to praise him following the win, saying: ”That was the real Callum Hudson-Odoi and what he can be, because there is obviously more to come. His goal was brilliant for him and if he can carry on doing that then we know the serious player that we have in Callum.”