Glenn Hoddle has claimed that Chelsea attacker Callum Hudson-Odoi is now looking back to his best, as he started for England’s Under-21s side on Tuesday night.
The Young Lions beat Turkey 2-1 at Molineux to qualify for next year’s European Under-21s Championship, with Arsenal’s Eddie Nketiah scoring the winner for Aidy Boothroyd’s team.
Hudson-Odoi played 85 minutes during the international win and showed some flashes of brilliance with his directness, but wasn’t quite able to execute the final ball on the night.
The 19-year-old is a skilful winger that operated on both flanks during different parts of the contest and looked lightning quick when he opened up, as well as showing real confidence on the ball with some eye-catching dribbles.
Hoddle was discussing the Blues teenager during his Under-21s performance and feels he’s now starting to get past his injury, which saw him miss five months of action during 2019.
“He’s a great talent, he’s had to overcome an injury as well. Achilles injures are a tough injury to overcome, it takes a long while to get confidence in the heel. I think he’s back to his very best now, looks sharp tonight,” Hoddle told said on BT Sport 1 during England’s Under-21s match (8:07pm, 13 October).
Hudson-Odoi is a major talent to come through the Chelsea academy and there is already so much pressure on him to be a superstar, but it’s worth noting he’s still a teenager and working his way back to his best.
The dazzling wide player has a huge job on his hands breaking into the starting XI due to the competition this campaign, although he can take encouragement from the fact he’s played in five of the six Chelsea games so far this season and is clearly in the plans of manager Frank Lampard.
He’s still working to become the finished article and he didn’t grab his opportunity in an England Under-21s shirt like he may have wanted, but most importantly he’s got the backing of the manager.