Reports suggest that Thomas Tuchel did not see any value in playing Callum Hudson-Odoi as a winger for his Chelsea team.

According to The Athletic, the German only wanted to utilise the 21-year-old as a deputy for the right wing-back role.

Hudson-Odoi is plying his trade in Germany for this season, with him being on loan to Bayer Leverkusen after seemingly being out of favour at Stamford Bridge.

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This was seemingly proven by Tuchel’s decision to drop him for the opening game of the season against Everton, a decision which reportedly stunned the player.

The winger in particular was pushing for a loan move, with there being a whole host of clubs from home and away interested in his services for at least a season.

Tuchel didn’t rate Hudson-Odoi

His desire to move is likely down to what The Athletic claim, with there being no chance for him to perform regularly in the role he desperately wanted to under his then manager.

Of course, Tuchel has since been dismissed by the club, and reports have begun to spread that new manager Graham Potter is a fan of Hudson-Odoi, with him trying to bring him in when back at Brighton.

There have been rumours that the 47-year-old is even hopeful that the Blues can cut his loan spell away short, with him keen to check him out first hand.

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Potter got a good look at some of his wide players in his first game in charge of the club against RB Salzburg, with Raheem Sterling in particular impressing.

The England international enjoyed arguably his best performance in a Chelsea shirt in a new-look wing-back position, where his attacking capabilities were not limited, and if anything were enhanced.

There is potential Hudson-Odoi could certainly fill this role, with Marc Cucurella’s ability to play in multiple positions in defence making the position possible.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.