Callum Hudson-Odoi has made the bold decision to decline an England Under-21 call-up, which is something that Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel should love.
Lee Carsley, who’s recently taken charge as the new England U21s manager, revealed on Friday that Chelsea’s youngster has turned down the opportunity to join the Young Lions camp in the upcoming international break.
The 20-year-old Blues player is a regular in England’s youth teams, but he’s turned down his latest call-up.
“Callum is a player that we really like,” Carsley said.
“I’ve had some really good conversations with him and his advisor and Callum felt that it wasn’t the right time for him at the minute to come with England. He’s stayed back at Chelsea to work on his development there.
“I respected that decision and that was it really.”
Hudson-Odoi has made brave decision
First of all, it’s a gutsy move from Hudson-Odoi to turn his nose up at international duty. There is no guarantee they’ll welcome him back with open arms further down the line, so it’s a bold approach.
However, it’s clear this young talent wants to do everything in his power to make it as a Chelsea player. This is the kind of attitude German boss Tuchel should absolutely adore.
It’s often overlooked that Hudson-Odoi is still only 20 because he’s been on the first-team scene for a few seasons, but he’s still waiting to really cement his spot at Stamford Bridge.
The £120,000-a-week attacking wide player has 99 senior appearances for his boyhood club, scoring 13 goals and making 16 assists.
It looks a real uphill struggle for him right now, though, to get regular minutes.
He played in the UEFA Super Cup final win against Villarreal, but has been an unused substitute in the following two Premier League games.
The trickster has been a winger throughout his development, but it’s hard to picture him getting many minutes in the offensive positions right now at the Bridge. The likes of Mason Mount, Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech and Kai Havertz are vying for creative roles behind Romelu Lukaku.
It looks like Hudson-Odoi’s best bet is at right wing-back, which is a role Tuchel has used him in at times to give his side more of an offensive threat.
Hudson-Odoi deserves massive credit for the fact he wants to stay training at Cobham to try impress the manager. The two-week period during the internationals should give him a real opportunity to try improve his game further to the manager’s liking.
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