Callum Hudson-Odoi started off as a fairly popular figure under Thomas Tuchel, being handed a somewhat odd role at right-wing-back in a back-five.
However, Hudson-Odoi then began to feature less and less, with Reece James and Cesar Azpilicueta taking his spot at the back towards the end of 2020/21.
CHO also has a huge amount of quality competition when vying for a spot in the Blues’ front-three as well.
With Romelu Lukaku now Chelsea’s main no.9, all of Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Mason Mount, Christian Pulisic, Hakim Ziyech and Hudson-Odoi look to be competing for just two or three places, depending if Lukaku is injured/needs a rest.
Tuchel on Hudson-Odoi
So, given his lack of minutes at the back end of last season and the fact he did not feature in either of Chelsea’s first two games of this PL campaign, some may have perhaps been expecting Hudson-Odoi to move on this summer.
A loan move for the 20-year-old would seemingly make some sense as it is hard to see him being more than a bit-part player for Tuchel this year.
However, when speaking about Hudson-Odoi ahead of Liverpool, the German confirmed there are currently no plans to loan the winger out:
“In the moment, there is no loan and no thought considered.
“There is always room for improvement here in training and within this club. But, like I said, it is hard to argue with this opinion that he needs regular game time to improve his personal level. At the same time, it is not only about letting players go.
“Today we are missing only Christian Pulisic and Kurt Zouma, for example, and we are already [on] only 17 regular players from last season. So if we want to compete in all competitions, it’s also about numbers in a squad.
“You need a squad of 20, 21 players to compensate injuries, to compensate yellow cards or whatever. I have the feeling that Callum decided to fight for his place here.
“He had a very good pre-season, but of course we are very aware that he fights for offensive positions more than maybe the wing-back positions.
“Of course, if you do the mathematics you end up with a lot of guys for, in the moment, three offensive positions.
“So it is a huge challenge for him, but the door is always open to sneak through and to make your way. It can happen anytime for offensive players. In the moment, there is no loan and no thought considered.”