Callum Hudson-Odoi ‘close to loan’ with Newcastle United as interested party – BBC News BBC Homepage
Callum Hudson-Odoi is now close to loan as he seeks regular first-team football.
BBC Sport reports that Borussia Dortmund, Newcastle United and Southampton are among the interested parties.
Callum Hudson-Odoi would be a great signing (in my opinion), certainly a credible option if he becomes one of the attacking signings Newcastle are looking to make.
Chelsea have been very active in the transfer window, buying both young and more experienced players, further reducing the chances of homegrown players such as Hudson-Odoi.
The winger hasn’t played so far this season and has been benched as an unused substitute in one of two Premier League appearances so far.
BBC Sport say their information is that Chelsea do not want to lose Callum Hudson-Odoi for good but will loan him out.
They also report that the player is making over £120,000 a week, so Newcastle United, or any other club, would have to cover those wages plus any loan fees that Chelsea would like.
Chelsea are continuing to sign attacking players with the arrival of Raheem Sterling, as well as a £45million offer for Anthony Gordon from Everton. For Callum Hudson-Odoi and indeed other current fringe attacking players at Stamford Bridge, such as Christian Pulisic who has also been linked with Newcastle, the message seems to be pretty clear.
If Newcastle United do indeed follow up on their interest, it would be great if a loan deal had an option to buy at a fixed price, if it all worked out. Chelsea may not be desperate to sell Callum Hudson-Odoi, but if the right offer is made, whether in an initial loan offer or a permanent offer now, I can see them on let go.
Callum Hudson-Odoi is one of those players who seems like he’s been around for a long time, but is still only 21 years old.
Coming back, he was just over two months past his 17th birthday when he first played in the Premier League in January 2018.
So he’s been around for four years in terms of Premier League presence, but like many Chelsea players, Callum Hudson-Odoi is struggling to become a regular starter.
Steady turnover of managers, loads of players signed, while others go through their youth system.
The net result is that the last three seasons have seen seven, ten and eleven Premier League starts for the winger, while he has been benched 52 times over the last three years in PL games.
Even though he is still only 21 years old, Callum Hudson-Odoi may already be at a major turning point in his career. Last season he struggled with injuries but even so there is still no real suggestion that he will become an automatic first-choice player for Chelsea.
His productivity/end product has also dropped, in 2019/20 despite only seven Premier League starts there were six PL direct goal appearances (one goal and five assists), in 2020/21 there were ten PL starts and five ASTs (scored two goals, three assists), then last season (2021/22) in PL it was eleven starts but only three ASTs in PL (one goal, two assists ).
With England he looked like a huge prospect and Callum Hudson-Odoi made his senior debut aged just 18 in 2019, playing for the senior team three times. The young winger was playing regularly for the England Under-21s then, but the last appearance for them was 17 months ago and no sign of returning to the senior side. Only regular first-team football at the start of the new season will give him a chance to fly to Qatar.
Also, you have to take into account that so far Callum Hudson-Odoi has been a bonus player for Chelsea in the Premier League, counted as a player under 21 and can be used beyond the official PL of 25 men. crew.
This coming season Under-21s are players born after January 1, 2001, Callum Hudson-Odoi was born on November 7, 2000 and will turn 22 in four months, with any Premier League club having to include him in their squad PL senior. With so many players and so much competition at Chelsea, there’s no guarantee the winger would even make the cut.
Personally, I would love to see Callum Hudson-Odoi at Newcastle United, with him and ASM on the wings, Wilson in the middle and plenty of pace and potential threat there.