Callum Hudson-Odoi’s timing couldn’t have been higher.
Lower than 24 hours after Alvaro Morata drew yet one more clean in Chelsea’s goalless draw with Leicester Metropolis, the younger ahead bagged a hat-trick because the Blues’ growth crew stuffed Sunderland 5-Zero.
The 17-year-old was on the bench as Antonio Conte’s aspect drew Zero-Zero with Norwich Metropolis within the FA Cup a fortnight in the past.
However that’s the closest has received to the primary crew this season. For now.
After the Blues had been annoyed at dwelling to the Foxes on Saturday, followers have known as for Conte to present Hudson-Odoi an opportunity.
The Italian tactician clearly doesn’t charge back-up choice Michy Batshuayi and has left Morata to toil up entrance on his personal, scoring simply 4 Premier League objectives for the reason that finish of September.
However who’s Hudson-Odoi? We requested our buddies at Soccer Whispers to profile the Blues’ teenage scoring sensation.
Born in London however eligible to play for Ghana, the final couple of years have been a whirlwind for Hudson-Odoi who can play wherever throughout the ahead line.
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Youthful brother of Eastleigh ahead Bradley, who was a part of the Sutton United aspect to face Arsenal in final season’s FA Cup, Hudson-Odoi joined Chelsea at Below-8s and has not regarded again.
He solely made his debut for the Blues’ Below-18 aspect in August 2016 however Hudson-Odoi’s impression on Jody Morris’ aspect was unattainable to disregard.
The younger Blues clinched a memorable home treble with Hudson-Odoi, nonetheless solely 16 on the time, enjoying a pivotal position.
He scored within the FA Youth Cup semi-finals in opposition to Tottenham and was on the right track once more within the closing in opposition to Manchester Metropolis within the closing to assist Chelsea carry the cup for the fourth yr in succession.
Hudson-Odoi completed the home season with eight objectives and 11 assists for the Below-18s and his membership type was recognised when he was included in England’s Below-17 squad for the European Championships in Croatia final summer time.
He scored twice en-route to the ultimate earlier than getting the opener within the closing. Nonetheless, Spain triumphed on penalties after a 2-2 attract Varazdin.
However Hudson-Odoi and England received their revenge on La Rojita within the World Cup in October 2017.
Though he solely scored as soon as this time, Hudson-Odoi saved his actual impression for the ultimate, supplying three assists as England’s Younger Lions trounced Spain the turn into world champions.
Unsurprisingly his type for England had already seen him linked with Queens Park Rangers and Bristol Metropolis – who had benefited from teammate Tammy Abraham’s goal-laden spell the earlier marketing campaign – in the summertime.
Having signed a three-year contract to quash Juventus switch rumours, Hudson-Odoi’s subsequent objective is to interrupt into Conte’s first-team squad – no imply feat given the Italian’s reluctance to make use of the membership’s homegrown expertise.
There’s little extra the pacy teen can do for the membership’s age-group sides, although, having scored six occasions in as many begins for Chelsea’s Below-23s within the Premier League 2 this time period.
Previous to his treble in opposition to Sunderland, Hudson-Odoi’s standout efficiency got here when he impressed Chelsea to struggle again from 2-Zero down to attract with Manchester United.
He equipped the help for Isaac Christie-Davies to tug one again earlier than levelling eight minutes from the top
However Conte, regardless of having systematically loaned or ignored out virtually all the West Londoners’ younger stars, is a fan of the 17-year-old.
Talking forward of Chelsea’s Carabao Cup win over Bournemouth final month, he mentioned: “Hudson-Odoi is one other participant who deserves to have an opportunity to indicate he can play for this crew for 10 or 15 years.”
Hudson-Odoi will simply be hoping he doesn’t have to attend as lengthy for his probability.