Callum Hudson-Odoi showed his brilliance as a winger in the Chelsea Junior team throughout his under 23 team career. This 20 years old Young player did 31 goals in 55 starting appearances in various age groups.
Hudson-Odoi joined Chelsea in 2007 and made his under-18 debut in August 2016. On 20 December 2017, Hudson-Odoi first appeared in Chelsea’s first-team substitute in their EFL Cup against Bournemouth but unfortunately, it was not his debut as he remains an unused substitute throughout the match. And next on 28 January 2018, Hudson-Odoi made his first-team debut in the FA Cup match against Newcastle United in the 81st minute as a replacement of Pedro and Chelsea lead that match in 3-0. His Premier League debut was on 31 January against Bournemouth as a substitute unfortunately it was their home loss in 3-0.
Callum Hudson-Odoi faced difficulties and ups and downs in junior teams as he says,
“In the academy days, when you’re seeing numbers like that you’re like ‘wow’ and you want to try and replicate that in the first team as well but it’s obviously a much tougher league and it’s hard to get goals.”
“You want to be that player who every team fears and where you have a target to get a goal or an assist for the team in every match you play, to help the team as much as possible because that contributes at the end of the game. You scoring or assisting helps the team win so I look at it like that.”
“If I can get a goal one game and then maybe the next game I get an assist and the next game a goal again, it’s helpful for all aspects. I want to be one of those players that you know are regularly on the scoresheet.”
He determined to be ‘feared’ in his premier league career which he started just two years ago. He sets his goals what to be in next as he says, “I feel especially playing as a wing-back or in a winger’s position, you want to be getting to the back post and getting those tap-ins.”
“Every goal counts at the end of the day so no matter what it is, you want to be getting on the scoresheet or getting assists and helping the team as much as possible.”
“I’ve said to myself that whenever I’m around the box, I want to be more clinical and more ruthless, take my chances when they come, and hopefully hit the back of the net more often. The tap-ins are the best ones to get at the back post on the blindside of the defender.”
“I haven’t set a specific target for myself but I just try to score as many as possible. It’s good to know we’ve got the players around who are capable of getting the ball into the back post as well for those tap-ins or finding cutbacks or playing crucial passes to get you in on goal.”
“I’ve just got to make sure I keep getting in those positions to try and get a shot away and hopefully that goes in the back of the net.”