Everton could eye a loan deal for Callum Hudson-Odoi if Kai Havertz arrives at Chelsea.
The statement at first looks absurd but when given enough thought, is not a silly thought. Chelsea is stacking themselves with supreme attacking talent and want to continue their spending in the same department by targeting Kai Havertz. In such situation, Callum Hudson-Odoi could be staring at a temporary exit if not a permanent one.
Everton’s woes at the right flank are self-explanatory now. It is getting to the point where it now seems to be a nuisance. To make matters worse, Everton have other areas to worry about as well. So, spending huge amounts to improve multiple positions simultaneously is sceptical, especially in the post pandemic era. Loan deals could be the need of the hour and the Toffees could enquire about the availability of Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi.
According to 90min, Chelsea are unhappy with the progress Hudson-Odoi has made after he landed a new deal worth £120,000 a week at the start of the season. The youngster’s form has been a concern for Frank Lampard and the club bosses are now worried about the lack of development Callum Hudson-Odoi has had in the last few months.
This has also prompted the Blues to fast track their interest in Kai Havertz. The Bayer Leverkusen player also wants to move to the Stamford Bridge if Chelsea manages to cement Champions League football for next season. If the Blues do manage to hang onto at least the fourth spot in the table, Kai Havertz will head to London, subject to transfer fee agreement.
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When the German arrives at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea will have a plethora of options to choose from in the attack. Chelsea will house Timo Werner, Christian Pulisic, Hakim Ziyech, Tammy Abraham, Havertz, Hudson-Odoi, Olivier Giroud and Michy Batshuayi in the attacking department. Even if Batshuayi and Giroud leave, Lampard still has plenty of players.
With Ziyech, Werner and Pulisic being likely first choices with Havertz slotting in the attacking mid role, Callum Hudson-Odoi might not get enough playing time. Chelsea may think of adopting their trademark loan system, loaning youngsters to teams where the upcoming talent can further hone his skills.
The Englishman is somewhere in the middle, not a new youngster on the scene nor a proven top player. He has the potential to succeed at the top but needs the right environment, ample of chances and support from the club management.
Chelsea is not too confident over the 19 year old being a starter for the next season so a loan move could be the best thing for both the parties. Everton should grab an opportunity and try bring Hudson-Odoi on loan for a season. This would be a stop gap solution to the problems on the right flank, but would be enough for time being.
Make no mistake; Callum Hudson-Odoi isn’t an average player. He is flashy, quick and has sizeable technical skills. Capable of bombarding via either flanks, his agility is his best friend, helping him turn and twist in the opposition area. Hudson-Odoi often uses his pace to deceive defenders for fun and cuts inside when the opportunity presents itself.
A loan deal will be a win-win for Everton as well as Callum Hudson-Odoi. Sooner or later, Kai Havertz is going sign for Chelsea and Odoi might have to look elsewhere for playing time. A coach like Ancelotti will help the 19 year old gain massive confidence and also polish his skills. Anthony Gordon can attest the above notion.
Will Callum Hudson-Odoi be a good option for the Toffees?