21-year-old Chelsea star already back in training, he hasn’t featured for the Blues since January

Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi has confirmed he is already back in training in preparation for the new season.

The 21-year-old shared highlights on Instagram of his pre-season work, as he hopes to break back into Thomas Tuchel’s plans.

The England international has not featured for the Blues since January, where he starred in a big London derby win over Tottenham.

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An achilles injury pretty much ended Hudson-Odoi’s season, with him still making 28 appearances in all competitions despite missing the last four months of the campaign.

The academy graduate will feel he has a point to prove, with the Blues linked to a vast array of attacking talent in the transfer window.

Raheem Sterling and Ousmane Dembele are two of the players linked most strongly with a move to Stamford Bridge, with his fellow Englishman playing a similar style to his own.

Tuchel will be hoping to solve the problem of a lack of goals from attackers, with Hudson-Odoi one of those that can be pointed to as wasteful last season.

He scored just one goal in the league last season, and even though he operated as a wing-back for some of his appearances, there were a number of important chances missed at crucial times by the academy graduate.

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It feels like the Stamford Bridge faithful are waiting to see the breakout season of Hudson-Odoi, having promised so much in his time with the academy.

He seems to have gained the trust of Tuchel, whether that be as a winger or filling in a wing-back role, with the width representing most of Chelsea’s attacking prowess.

The England international will have to become a far more consistent finisher, with proven goalscorer Sterling rumoured to be on his way in providing more competition to the wide attacking positions.

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.