'Combine a lot': Chelsea player says him and Romelu Lukaku link up loads in training
Callum Hudson-Odoi says that him and Chelsea teammate Romelu Lukaku combine a lot together on the training pitches.
Blues winger Hudson-Odoi ended up assisting centre-forward Lukaku at the weekend for his headed goal in Chelsea’s 2-1 win against Brazilian side Palmeiras in the Club World Cup final.
For Lukaku, he’s the first-choice Blues striker that’s got the responsibility of the number nine shirt on his back.
He’s scored 10 goals in all competitions so far this season since joining from Inter Milan in the summer, but there is a lot more expectation on him from the fanbase to do more.
His goal against Palmeiras was his bread and butter, as he powered in a header inside the box after an accurate cross from the wing. The striker needs to start delivering on a more consistent basis to win over supporters, though.
Hudson-Odoi explains his relationship with Lukaku starts in training and he knows a lot about his teammate’s game.
“We try to link up as much as possible. I think whether it’s in training or games we try our best to see each other’s strengths and what we try to implement in our games. We know that Rom sometimes likes it to feet, he likes it in behind, he likes it in the air,” Hudson-odoi said.
“So at that moment when I saw him with the ball I thought: ‘you know what, I know Rom, if I get this cross perfect he’s going to score it’. So as soon as I got it in there I said to myself ‘yeah, it’s a goal’. As soon as it went in my head was just going crazy.
“But we combine a lot in training and obviously in games we’ve been trying to as much as possible. Sometimes it doesn’t work, sometimes it does, but at the end of the day you’ve just got to be positive, just keep going and trying to push as much as possible.
“So that’s what we try to do, keep trying to combine and hopefully he’ll get more chances and score more goals.”
Chelsea winger should be a striker’s dream
Hudson-Odoi’s got all the skillset of a traditional quality wide player, so it’s frustrating to see him ghosting in some games.
In fairness, he’s still only a 21-year-old that’s a lot younger than people think because of how long he’s been in the senior game.
He does things in matches that get supporters off their seats, too.
Lukaku should be telling Hudson-Odoi in conversations how and when he likes his crosses into the box. Likewise, attackers like Hakim Ziyech should follow suit.
Chelsea now own a frontman in Lukaku that’s a proven goalscorer, but manager Thomas Tuchel is still working out the best formula for him.
Andy Townsend recently said Hudson-Odoi needs to improve his end product, which is hitting the nail on the head.