Jason Cundy has claimed that Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi has been “revolutionised” by the new manager.
Thomas Tuchel, 47, has made an eight-game unbeaten start to life as the Blues manager, which included an impressive 1-0 win on Tuesday night against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League knockouts.
One player that has been at the centre of the news since Tuchel took charge is £120,000-a-week star Hudson-Odoi.
The 20-year-old has featured in all eight games under the German boss so far and there was real controversy when he was substituted off in the second half of a game despite only entering it at half time.
But the youngster took the public criticism on the chin and returned to the XI in impressive style against Atletico Madrid this week.
Another key talking point with the Chelsea academy graduate is that in a few games now he’s been deployed as a right wing-back, including in the Champions League.
The speed machine has been a dazzling attacker in his short career so far and plays as a winger, but Cundy says he’s already been transformed into this new full-back position.
“He has revolutionised Callum Hudson-Odoi at right wing-back. He’s played in a role that I’ve never seen him play before and I’m guessing he’s never even at youth team level,” Cundy told talkSPORT.
The Chronicle View:
Nobody would have expected Hudson-Odoi to be playing wing-back at any point this season, but credit to Tuchel for seeing something that others couldn’t.
He suits the role extremely well when Chelsea dominate possession and it’s not limited his offensive impact.
Most Blues supporters would agree that his long-term future is still as a conventional winger, but perhaps Tuchel views things differently.