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.
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.
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.