22-year-old Chelsea loanee scores and assists in first friendly of World Cup break

Callum Hudson-Odoi marked Bayer Leverkusen’s first friendly of the World Cup break with a goal and an assist in a 3-0 win over Salt Lake City.

The Chelsea loanee has endured a tough season so far at the Bundesliga club, although their change of manager could be set to revive his time there in the second half of the campaign.

He is yet to find the net in the Bundesliga in his nine outings so far this season, despite often featuring in a very attacking role, sometimes down the middle.

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While he has been on target in the Champions League, it wasn’t enough for Leverkusen to advance from what looked a winnable European group.

It’s fair to say the loan has not yet had the desired effect for both the Blues and the player. His goal contributions were notably low during his time at Chelsea.

Hudson-Odoi on target for Leverkusen

However, he could be set to address that in the second half of the season, as he gets used to playing under new manager Xabi Alonso.

If last night’s friendly is anything to go by, he is going the right way about it.

Hudson-Odoi opened the scoring in the 3-0 victory over the MLS outfit, finishing off a fine team move from close range.

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Setting up a goal later in the day, it was near enough the perfect outing for the 22-year-old.

With Chelsea’s weaknesses on the wings still seemingly not being addressed, there is still an opportunity for Hudson-Odoi to make it at Stamford Bridge.

After playing at wing-back for the majority of his time under Thomas Tuchel, he will certainly be hoping for more time on the frontline if he is offered a chance by Graham Potter next season. He is unlikely to be recalled in January.

Jack is a writer for The Chelsea Chronicle. He has been a part of GRV Media since June 2022. He has a First Class Honours degree in Football Journalism from the University of Derby, graduating in 2021. Jack has experience working freelance for The Sun and The Athletic, whilst also being published for the Non-League Paper and reporting for Burton Albion's academy side. He is a lifelong Chelsea fan and will debate with anyone about everything and anything football related. He also holds a passion for gaming and music, and thinks he knows every word to every Oasis song ever released