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Chelsea Could Recall This English Winger From His Loan Spell: Should Potter Bring Him Back?

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In a recent print edition, Bild mentioned that Chelsea could recall Callum Hudson-Odoi from his loan spell at Bayer Leverkusen this winter. It has been claimed that there is a clause in his loan contract which could allow the Blues to bring the English winger back during the January transfer window.

Hudson-Odoi’s Form At The BayArena This Season

Hudson-Odoi has made a decent start to his loan stint in Germany as he has managed to put in a couple of impressive displays for Leverkusen on the attacking end of the field. The 21-year-old has registered one assist in five appearances for the German club so far across all competitions this season.

The three-time England international has caught the eye in Europe based on his average of 1.0 shots, 1.0 key passes and 1.5 dribbles per 90 minutes in the UEFA Champions League. He has even been accurate when interchanging possession in the final third, as evidenced by his pass completion rate of 84.8% in European football (stats via whoscored).

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Should Chelsea Boss Graham Potter Bring Hudson-Odoi Back This January?

Hudson-Odoi has got the pace to cause a lot of headaches for his marker in the final third. He has the vision to play a decisive pass in and around the opponent’s penalty area and can chip in by scoring his fair share of goals up top. Hudson-Odoi is versatile enough to play anywehre across the frontline. However, the English speedster has struggled to find consistency in recent seasons but would no doubt be happy if his parent club cuts his loan stay short.

Chelsea‘s new manager, Graham Potter is a great man-manager and could unlock the best out of Hudson-Odoi. Hence, it makes a lot of sense for the Blues to bring him back this winter as he could help them challenge for some top honours next year.

Hudson-Odoi will give the West London club more options in attack. Furthermore, the talented youngster could learn a thing or two from Raheem Sterling, who has a similar playing style, at Stamford Bridge so that he can grow into a future star in English football.

At 21, Hudson-Odoi has plenty of time to fulfil his true potential. However, Potter should only cut his loan stay short if he plans to play him regularly this season. Otherwise, it might be better to give the England international more playing time by letting him stay on loan at Leverkusen until the end of this campaign.

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