Chelsea fans were ecstatic after Callum Hudson-Odoi didn’t only receive his first call-up into the England senior squad for their Euro 2020 qualification games against the Czech Republic and Montenegro, but was also handed his first start by Gareth Southgate over the international break. The anticipation of seeing the academy player do so more frequently for Chelsea during these last weeks of the season is thus at an all-time high; however, today’s reports have brought us some good and bad news regarding Callum’s future.
If one is to believe Matt Hughes of the Times then Chelsea is adamant that they will not sell their talented youngster this summer, no matter whether the transfer ban is upheld or frozen. This initially sounds like a positive development for the Blues, but Hughes additionally writes that the player and his entourage will nevertheless insist on leaving the club in June or simply depart on a free once Hudson-Odoi’s contract runs out in the summer of 2020. Basically, either Chelsea succeeds in convincing the player in time or they will lose a large amount of money, something that’s rarely happened in the past.
While the situation might still improve on Chelsea’s side, what remains is that our hopes and expectations of Callum Hudson-Odoi signing a new deal and taking over a presumably departing Eden Hazard’s spot have been dealt somewhat of massive blow at this point in time. Past rumours of the player and his parents’ relationship to the board, and specifically Marina Granovskaia, deteriorating and even breaking down will possibly play a big part in the winger’s final decision. Maurizio Sarri providing Callum with consistent minutes and putting trust in the youngster might go a long way towards changing the latter’s mind, though even this could already be too late.
It is now more imperative than ever that the club acts as quickly as possible in order to sway Hudson-Odoi towards discarding his transfer intentions and remaining at the club that he has been a part of since he was a mere boy. Whether this means that individuals on the board level must suffer consequences or the player is proposed terms he cannot refuse, is irrelevant. The fact of the matter is that something must be done sooner rather than later as losing both their star player in form of Hazard and one of Chelsea’s most promising prospects from the academy in well over two decades in a period of a single year would be a huge blow to the future and prosperity of Chelsea Football Club.
Written by Jimmy Funnell (@JimmyFunnellCFC)