Paul Canoville praises Chelsea player for undergoing solo training ahead of pre-season

Blues icon Paul Canoville has praised young Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi for doing solo training ahead of the pre-season in order to start the next campaign strongly.

Hudson-Odoi made just 15 appearances in the Premier League (11 starts) in 2021/22 with even fewer minutes than in 2020/21.

Injury problems certainly played a part. According to Transfermarkt, the 21-year-old missed out on 14 consecutive games towards the end of the season due to Achilles’ tendon problems.

In response, The Sun recently claimed that the winger has given up most of his summer holiday by undergoing training sessions at Chelsea’s Cobham training ground to focus on getting back in shape ahead of the pre-season.

Several Chelsea players are away on international duty, but most of them are on holiday and due to return for pre-season in July in America.

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Hudson-Odoi’s effort clearly impressed Canoville, who also shared what he saw from the Chelsea academy graduate from their last encounter.

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“Due to his performance and injuries, which he knows himself, Callum is showing full dedication [to Chelsea] by doing solo training and not going on a holiday break,” Canoville wrote on Twitter.

“Met up with him at the end of last season, he’s eager to be more involved [at Chelsea under] Thomas Tuchel this season.”

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Hudson-Odoi has point to prove in Chelsea pre-season

Like many other Blues attackers, Hudson-Odoi suffers from the lack of consistent game time in his favourite position.

He played in many different positions last season, including as a right wing-back and in various attacking spots, but he is at his most effective on the left.

Obviously, he also faces competition from the likes of Christian Pulisic and even Timo Werner, who still produce more output than him despite their own inconsistency.

This is the one area that Hudson-Odoi will have to improve if he is to establish himself as a regular starter at Chelsea.

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