The Rapid Rise Of Callum Hudson-Odoi: A Look At The Youngster’s Chelsea Statistics Ahead Of Potential England Debut
A couple of players have today been called up to Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the Euro 2020 qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Montenegro.
Step forward Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse and Chelsea forward Callum Hudson-Odoi.
Ward-Prowse’s one and only senior England cap came two years ago in March 2017, however he now has the chance to bag a regular spot following a cracking pocket of form for Southampton, with the set-piece specialist scoring six goals since the turn of the year, including two stunning free-kicks in his last two games.
Hudson-Odoi also got the nod from Southgate after he was propelled into the senior squad from the Under-21s, with whom he was preparing to make his debut for.
The 18-year-old may not have started a Premier League game for Chelsea, in fact he’s played only 119 top-flight minutes this season, but his impressive performances off-the-bench and in the Europa League means he’s attracted the attention of Southgate who has handed the player his first call up.
Skipper Harry Kane is the first name on the teamsheet, while Raheem Sterling and Marcus Rashford are two key ingredients, but given Jamie Vardy’s recent international retirement Southgate will no doubt be eager to strengthen his attacking options, with the exciting Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho and Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson also included in the latest squad.
Now back to Hudson-Odoi. We take a look at how the youngster has performed for club side Chelsea this season...
Hudson-Odoi, who scored two goals en route to helping England U17s to World Cup glory in 2017, made his first appearance for Chelsea in an FA Cup clash against Newcastle in January 2018, his Premier League debut swiftly followed.
However, he made only two more appearances through to the end of the season, but has since gone on to elevate that tally to 23, having featured 19 times for the club this term - scoring five goals - although many Chelsea fans have become increasingly infuriated at Maurizio Sarri’s refusal to start the player in the league.
The striker bagged his first Chelsea goal in the 4-0 rout of November, but was then subject to a surprise £35million bid from German giants Bayern Munich, which Chelsea turned down. and then rejected the player’s own transfer request.
The turmoil surrounding a potential move has not affected the youngster who has scored three goals in his last six games; finding the back of the net in each of Chelsea’s last three Europa League games, with a couple of assists to boot.
Callum Hudson-Odoi: 2018/19 Chelsea
- 19 league & cup appearances
- 5 goals
- 4 assists
- 119 Premier League minutes, no top-flight starts
So, he may have yet to start a Premier League game or even pulled on the England U21 shirt for that matter, but Hudson-Odoi could now be in-line for a remarkable England debut at some point in the next week.
“I thought the manager (Aidy Boothroyd) was joking. I was shocked and then when I heard that I actually had to go over, I couldn’t believe it. I was delighted,” said Hudson-Odoi via @England on Twitter.
It’s impossible to tell whether Southgate will give the youngster a chance, however a look at the timings of his goals shows that he could be worth bringing on in the final few moments - his last three goals have each been scored in the final 12 minutes of matches.