Graham Potter may have a forgotten Chelsea player who could be key next season - opinion

Thomas Tuchel was not prepared to risk Callum Hudson-Odoi as a regular starter when he was manager of Chelsea.

In efforts to get him into the Blues side, the 22-year-old was often forced into either wing-back role, obviously a position he has not grown up featuring in.

With opportunities not presenting themselves under the German, Hudson-Odoi made it clear that he wanted to look for first team opportunities elsewhere, whether it would be on loan or on a permanent basis.

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It seems Todd Boehly at least managed to convince the academy graduate to only leave the club temporarily, with him finding his feet at Bayer Leverkusen.

While the goals are not flowing for the Englishman as of yet, he has made an impression in regular playing time for the Bundesliga side.

Now, his time could be about to get even better in Germany, with Xabi Alonso taking over at the helm.

Hudson-Odoi could star for Potter

The former midfielder has already been impressed with the winger, saying he would love to keep hold of him.

Those comments followed a friendly win for Leverkusen this week, where the Chelsea loanee scored and assisted in a 3-0 win.

Graham Potter has struggled for attacking options at Stamford Bridge since arriving at his new club, with the likes of Raheem Sterling and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang not firing on all cylinders.

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If this continues until the end of the season, then Hudson-Odoi may be presented with his best opportunity yet to become a key player at Stamford Bridge.

He will be hoping to avoid the wing-back system Potter has tried to introduce to Raheem Sterling’s game at Chelsea, although a strong end to the season in front of goal would boost his chances.

With no supporter wanting to see the relationship end yet, fans would welcome the return of Hudson-Odoi in Chelsea colours again.

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