Chelsea loanee Jacob Maddox has admitted that Callum Hudson-Odoi has been ‘brilliant’ for Chelsea this season in his opinion.
Maddox, 20, is currently finishing off his loan spell at Cheltenham Town, and has spoken glowingly of his friend and ex teammate in the youth setup at Chelsea:
“He’s been brilliant.
“I’ve played with Callum a lot last year and all through the youth set up.
“We all know what a talent he is. It’s good to see him having a chance. And to be fair to him- he’s took it.
“Obviously he’s gone with England which is a massive boost for him.
“For us looking in on Callum, he’s a perfect example of if you work hard in training every day and if take your chances, then anything is possible.”
The young English attacking midfielder has also spoke glowingly of Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who like Hudson-Odoi- has broken into the Chelsea first team:
“We all knew what Ruben can do.
“The things he brings, like his physical aspects aswell, but not only that, his skills on the ball too.
“We all know what Ruben can do, but it was only a matter of time for him to be in around the team because he has so much quality.
“So I’m buzzing for Ruben. He’s obviously a bit different to Callum, because he has been around that kind of set up before. But fair play to Ruben.”
The current Cheltenham midfielder has been keeping an eye on his parent club’s success and progress this season, and he believes that the Blues are in a good position to finish off the season well:
“Chelsea are always up there. Obviously, they are fighting for the Europa League, and trying to get top four to get into the Champions League next season.
“They are in a good position, and their destiny is still in their hands.
“Looking at the quality of the squad, it’s top quality!
“As shown in previous years- they will get the job done.”
This Cheltenham Town loan move was Maddox’s first move from Chelsea. So he has only been part of the Chelsea loan army for one season. The English midfielder viewed the loan army’s impact as positive on player development:
“I mean, you are at one of the biggest clubs in the world, and ultimately there is a lot of good players, so the standards are really high.
“So being part of the loan set up with loads of great talent. For us it’s about improving ourselves and getting that extra experiences that are needed to push for places in the team.
“As shown this season, a few players have broken through more than previous seasons.
“For me and for the other lads- it’s a positive.”
A topical issue going on involving Chelsea is their transfer ban for signing underage players. The club are waiting to hear if their appeal has been successful or not.
The 20-year-old is positive that more youth players can push for first team places, regardless of whether the transfer ban stands or gets overturned:
“I think if you look at the players on loan- then there is no reason why more youth players can push for a place in the first team squad.
“Look at players like Reece James and Mason Mount, they are doing so well out on loan, alongside many other loan players.
“It’s good for the club that so many of these players out on loan are doing so well.
“It’s another option for the people in charge of Chelsea. All we can do is be the best we can be, and try to improve.”
Maddox also reflected positively on his loan spell at Cheltenham Town this season:
“I think it has been really good for me.
“We have had ups and downs. We started the season a bit slow. It was tough.
“It was something that I have never experienced at Chelsea in the youth set up.
“But like I said, it has been great for me.
“Playing men’s football means a lot more in my opinion. Obviously, you are playing for three points and the games are a lot more intense. So I think it has been good for me.”
Despite having a good season for The Robins in League Two, Maddox does realise that there is still alot of room for improvement in his game before he reaches the next level:
“For me, if you look at my stats, I need to get more assists and more goals for my teams. If I do that, then I can go higher.”
And he is right, because in the whole of the 2018/19 League Two season. In 37 matches, Maddox has only scored one goal and has bagged only one assist.
It still remains to be seen whether the midfielder has a long-term future at Chelsea. But you can’t deny that he has the right attitude to succeed at the top level.
By Danyal Khan