Chelsea At Risk Of Losing One Of Their Best Young Players
Chelsea are at severe risk of losing one of England's best young players as he is growing tired of lack of game time.
Callum Hudson-Odoi does not only have the potential to be a Stamford Bridge great, he is one the country's best prospects.
The 18-year-old looked set to get game time this season after running ragged Arsenal full-back Hector Bellerin in a pre-season friendly in Ireland before starting Chelsea Community Shield defeat to Manchester City.
However, the youngster is yet to start a game since and has only played 35 minutes of football since.
Hudson-Odoi was also offered a long-term deal with the Blues after his impressing against Arsenal and City, although months have passed, and that deal is not yet signed.
Bayern Munich and Juventus are just a couple of high-profile clubs keeping tabs on the forward as it is understood is considering leaving the West London club.
Hudson-Odoi's appearances this season have both came against BATE Borisov in the Europa League and as Chelsea host PAOK at the Bridge it looked like the youngster was set to miss out on a starting place again.
However, despite Maurizio Sarri's comments about the 18-year-old he made the starting line-up.
"Callum has to improve a lot," said Chelsea coach Sarri. "First of all, the defensive phase, he has to work. He has to improve on the offensive phase. He's very good one against one, but he has to learn to move without the ball. I want to find space for him. It's not very easy because, at the moment, we have 28 players."
And with Chelsea odd-on (4/7) to sign Borussia Dortmund wide-man Christian Pulisic game time looks long gone for Hudson-Odoi in the senior squad.
A move away from Chelsea to a European club could work out in the youngster's favour, look at Jadon Sancho for example, he left Manchester City for Borussia Dortmund and was a key man as England trashed the USA and has earned three caps across the last two international breaks, and Reiss Nelson who is also shinning in the Bundesliga, albeit on loan.
Chelsea fans, however, must be fuming at the thought of such a young talented player leaving the club.
Meanwhile, Chelsea will be guaranteed top-spot of their Europe League group tonight with just a point against Greek outfit PAOK.
They 1-0 when they travelled to Greece in the reverse fixture and 3/10 says they win again tonight, while a massive 11/1 says the visitors shock Sarri's side with a win.
Hudson-Odoi is 6/1 to open the scoring and 15/8 to score his first senior goal at any time.