Footy Extras

Former Chelsea star raves about £180,000-a-week Englishman

Joe Cole has backed Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi to develop into a ‘world-class’ player under current manager Frank Lampard.

England international Hudson-Odoi has featured in 72 games for Chelsea since breaking into the senior team towards the end of 2017-18 campaign.

He scored four goals in nine Europa League matches during the subsequent season but has struggled to kick on since, with injuries interrupting Callum’s progress in west London.

The arrival of fellow attacking stars Christian Pulisic, Hakim Ziyech and Kai Havertz has meant Callum has only started four matches under Lampard this season.

In spite of this, former Blues and England midfielder Cole says Hudson-Odoi is a ‘top player’ and can establish himself as a ‘world-class’ star at Chelsea.

‘I’m a big fan of his. I think he’s a top, top player,’ Cole said prior to Chelsea’s UCL clash against Sevilla.

‘Psychologically he knows he faces a battle to play. You can’t keep every player happy because every player wants to play every game and that’s not possible.

‘Callum is at that stage of his career where he’s still developing and still learning, every lesson he learns is a little building block to help him become that world class player that we all think he can become.’

Olivier Giroud netted four goals as Chelsea secured a 4-0 win over Sevilla on Wednesday to top their UCL group.

Elsewhere, Chelsea are monitoring the progress of Brighton’s Ben White, along with Tottenham, Liverpool and Manchester United, claim Sky Sports.

He impressed on loan at Leeds United in the EFL Championship last term and has looked good while making the step up to the top-flight at the Amex.

Former Spurs star calls for Chelsea to keep 19-year-old winger

Glenn Hoddle has told Chelsea to give Callum Hudson-Odoi more playing time instead of sending him out on loan.

The 19-year-old attacker has found his opportunities limited this campaign following the arrivals of Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner in the summer.

And that has led to talk that the technically gifted England youth international could be loaned out.

“From what I’ve seen, when he’s coming on from the bench or playing for the (England) U21s, he still has his confidence at the moment,” Glenn said on his podcast.

“But obviously if this continues, where he’s not going to get many starts, this is going to be a problem for him mentally.

“So I’m hoping he gets enough football to get him back to his very, very best. You wouldn’t think Chelsea would want to loan him out, but he’s not playing.

“He needs to get some football, these few years are so important for him, he needs to get some football to come on – and he can only do that by being on the pitch.”

Elsewhere, Fikayo Tomori may be shipped out on loan in January having fallen down the pecking order at the club, report the Telegraph .

The 22-year-old defender made his breakthrough under Frank Lampard last campaign but has seen his opportunities limited thus far this term following the arrival of veteran Thiago Silva.

Antonio Rudiger’s recent involvement suggests Fikayo is now Chelsea’s fifth choice centre-half, with the Danish star Andreas Christensen also an option.

And it could mean that Fikayo is now deemed surplus to requirements in the short term.

There are likely to be several potential buyers for the youngster, who was the subject of serious interest in the summer.

Manager lauds £180,000-a-week star for his improvement at Chelsea

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has hailed the English attacker Callum Hudson-Odoi’s “constant improvements” in mapping out a long career at Stamford Bridge for the player.

Hudson-Odoi fired the west Londoners into an early lead against Rennes on Tuesday night with a composed finish after his compatriot Mason Mount’s perfectly-weighted through-ball.

The 20-year-old ace faces an intense battle simply to take the field this season, given the number and quality of the Blues’ summer recruits.

Boss Frank insisted, however, that Callum’s so-far limited chances hold no bearing on his status now, or in the future, in the British capital.

“I am seeing constant improvements from him; I knew he’d had a couple of good performances for the England Under-21s last week,” Frank told Chelsea’s website.

“I know he wants more minutes, but I have competition in that area. If he isn’t getting minutes in a period it doesn’t mean he is out of favour with me.

“He certainly isn’t. There are loads of great things about Callum, and I know there are things he can improve in his game. He knows that. He is a big player for Chelsea, he has a big future with us.”

His goal had Chelsea coasting in Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League clash in France, only for striker Serhou Guirassy to head a late equaliser and leave the west Londoners lamenting a clutch of missed chances.

The Frenchman Olivier Giroud powered home a stoppage-time header to snatch the 2-1 victory for the visitors, though, ensuring their qualification for the last 16.

Former Spurs star calls for Chelsea to keep 19-year-old forward

Glenn Hoddle has told Chelsea to give Callum Hudson-Odoi more playing time instead of sending him out on loan.

The 19-year-old attacker has found his opportunities limited this campaign following the arrivals of Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner in the summer.

And that has led to talk that the technically gifted England youth international could be loaned out.

“From what I’ve seen, when he’s coming on from the bench or playing for the (England) U21s, he still has his confidence at the moment,” Glenn said on his podcast.

“But obviously if this continues, where he’s not going to get many starts, this is going to be a problem for him mentally.

“So I’m hoping he gets enough football to get him back to his very, very best. You wouldn’t think Chelsea would want to loan him out, but he’s not playing.

“He needs to get some football, these few years are so important for him, he needs to get some football to come on – and he can only do that by being on the pitch.”

Elsewhere, Fikayo Tomori may be shipped out on loan in January having fallen down the pecking order at the club, report the Telegraph .

The 22-year-old defender made his breakthrough under Frank Lampard last campaign but has seen his opportunities limited thus far this term following the arrival of veteran Thiago Silva.

Antonio Rudiger’s recent involvement suggests Fikayo is now Chelsea’s fifth choice centre-half, with the Danish star Andreas Christensen also an option.

And it could mean that Fikayo is now deemed surplus to requirements in the short term.

There are likely to be several potential buyers for the youngster, who was the subject of serious interest in the summer.

Chelsea chief allays injury fears over £180,000-a-week forward

Frank Lampard praised winger Callum Hudson-Odoi’s display in Chelsea’s 4-0 victory against Krasnodar and played down fears over the Englishman’s fitness after Callum was pictured with ice strapping around his thigh in the second half.

He was handed a rare start in Wednesday evening’s UCL Group E clash and the 19-year-old forward seized his opportunity, netting the visitors’ opening goal just before half-time.

A flurry of late goals from Christian Pulisic, Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner put the Blues out of sight to secure Frank’s men their first win in the competition but there were concerns surrounding a potential injury to Hudson-Odoi, who was replaced in the 71st minute.

But Frank is hopeful Hudson-Odoi’s problem is not overly severe in spite of the youngster appearing in some discomfort in the Blues dugout.

‘In terms of his injury, it hasn’t been flagged to me after the match that there’s a problem,’ he said when quizzed about Hudson-Odoi’s fitness.

‘I hope and assume that there’s nothing wrong and I’m just pleased he had a good evening.’

Meantime, Chelsea are allegedly keeping an eye on the process of the highly-rated Cagliari defender Sebastian Walukiewicz ahead of possible offer.

The 20-year-old signed for Cagliari from Polish side Pogon Szczecin last year and has made 21 appearances for the Italian side in all competitions since his arrival.

According to 90min, the Blues scouted Walukiewicz while in action for Poland versus Italy in the UEFA Nations League earlier this month.

The report states that they were especially impressed by the centre-half’s aerial ability.

Chief on German giants unsuccessful talks with Chelsea over gifted attacker

Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic has lifted the lid on the club’s failed swoop for Callum Hudson-Odoi and claims Chelsea’s excessive demands got in the way of a possible agreement before the transfer deadline.

The Bundesliga giants missed out on Hudson-Odoi last January and pinpointed the 19-year-old as one of their top targets again this transfer window, with Hansi Flick on the hunt for attacking reinforcements.

However, the Blues rejected an offer from Bayern to take Callum on loan with a £70 million option to buy and the Englishman will remain in west London for the 2020/21 campaign.

Asked about Die Roten’s unsuccessful bid to sign Hudson-Odoi, the club’s chief Salihamidzic told Sport Bild: ‘There are transfers that come to the point where you have to say: “We have to leave this immediately”.

‘It is all the more important that one thinks about alternatives or alternative paths right from the start. We negotiated with Chelsea but there was no agreement. That happens.’

Callum came off the bench to open his account for the campaign in Chelsea’s thrilling 3-3 draw away West Brom in September.

Frank Lampard rewarded Hudson-Odoi with a place in his starting eleven the following weekend as the Blues put four goals past Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge.

The attacker will no doubt be desperate to continue his run in the Blues side this Saturday when the west Londoners play host to Southampton.

In other news, it has been revealed that Chelsea failed with an approach for Barcelona star Marc-Andre ter Stegen during the summer transfer market, Mundo Deportivo claims.

Chelsea played hardball with UCL giants over 19-year-old English star

Bayern Munich revived their interest in Chelsea’s academy graduate Callum Hudson-Odoi recently, more than 18 months after the club failed to sign him in January 2019.

Die Roten, once again, failed in their efforts to land the Blues winger.

SportBild details why the Bavarian side decided to walk away from signing the Englishman and then take Douglas Costa from Juventus instead.

Due to the coronavirus crisis, the Bundesliga winners decided to land players on low to no transfer sums and offer moderate salaries.

Bayern maintained a great interest in Callum and manager Hansi Flik publicly discussed his admiration of the 19-year-old ace.

The German giants went on the offensive for the player and their sporting director, Hasan Salihamidzic, had already phoned Chelsea senior figure Marina Granovskaia.

He even called the Premier League heavyweights chief after their 4-0 win against Crystal Palace last weekend.

Marina has a reputation of being a tough negotiator and SportBild adds the Die Roten chief experienced it first hand.

As per the report, the Blues wanted to insert various clauses as part of the agreement, which included a ‘penalty’ if Hudson-Odoi did not get enough opportunities, and a purchase obligation of €77 million if he had made a certain number of appearances.

Bayern felt the loan transfer would later be converted into a permanent deal.

From the outset, Hansi’s side thought signing Callum would have been a costly transfer, which is why they exercised common sense and broke off the negotiations on Saturday evening.

Former Blues midfielder blasts Chelsea decision to keep tricky forward

Chelsea icon Alan Hudson is never short of a controversial opinion or two, but it’d be hard to disagree with his latest.

Speaking exclusively to CaughtOffside, he couldn’t believe that the Blues had rejected a reported £70m bid from Bayern Munich for Callum Hudson-Odoi.

The 19-year-old ace has long looked a promising talent after rising through the Blues’ academy, but it’s fair to say he is not currently showing signs of living up to his true potential, so a big-money sale for a roster player might have been a good opportunity for Chelsea to make a big profit.

He admits he’d have snapped Die Roten’s hands off if he’d been in charge.

“This is a little bit of a mystery to me as I have watched this player on several occasions and on that evidence I would snap off the hand of anyone wanting to pay that kind of money,” Alan told CaughtOffside.

“I watched him against a very poor Crystal Palace side at the weekend and he looked like he was playing for the losing side he was so ineffective.

“This was the kind of match that you would want to the ball as much a possible, but he has the unhealthy habit of passing it back far too much, something that Bayern would not allow.”

Manager Frank Lampard clearly sees a future for the player at the club.

At present, the star is finding it hard to break into the starting eleven and will have to work hard to force his way into the current side.

Much will depend on how well the new-look Chelsea get on as a unit, and also how well they fare in terms of injuries.

Chelsea wanted to cash in on young Englishman on Deadline Day for €77m

It was widely expected that Frank Lampard’s Chelsea would look to offload stars after an extensive summer of recruitment, but fans did think it would be the fringe players rather than the talents who showed real promise.

Callum Hudson-Odoi is the ideal example as he’s clearly a talented player who seems like he could become a key member of the team, but it’s also becoming clear that the Blues were happy to offload him to Hansi Flick’s Bayern Munich in the final days of the window.

German newspaper Bild have looked at how everything panned out now that the market is shut, but the west London heavyweights’ demands proved to be too much for the UCL holders.

They confirm that negotiations were held and multiple calls took place, and any deal would have been a loan with option or obligation to buy included.

Die Roten’s problem was that Chelsea’s board wanted them to complete a permanent deal worth €77 million once he had played a certain amount of matches, while Bayern Munich would also have to pay a hefty fee if he didn’t play enough either.

Bild even state that the Germans saw sense after seeing these demands and decided to call things off.

Elsewhere, Chelsea have made West Ham United star Declan Rice their top transfer target for the winter transfer market, according to the Express.

He was seen as an important target for Chelsea boss Frank Lampard this summer but the club were unable to get the deal going.

Former Blues midfielder blasts Chelsea decision to keep tricky winger

Chelsea icon Alan Hudson is never short of a controversial opinion or two, but it’d be hard to disagree with his latest.

Speaking exclusively to CaughtOffside, he couldn’t believe that the Blues had rejected a reported £70m bid from Bayern Munich for Callum Hudson-Odoi.

The 19-year-old ace has long looked a promising talent after rising through the Blues’ academy, but it’s fair to say he is not currently showing signs of living up to his true potential, so a big-money sale for a roster player might have been a good opportunity for Chelsea to make a big profit.

He admits he’d have snapped Die Roten’s hands off if he’d been in charge.

“This is a little bit of a mystery to me as I have watched this player on several occasions and on that evidence I would snap off the hand of anyone wanting to pay that kind of money,” Alan told CaughtOffside.

“I watched him against a very poor Crystal Palace side at the weekend and he looked like he was playing for the losing side he was so ineffective.

“This was the kind of match that you would want to the ball as much a possible, but he has the unhealthy habit of passing it back far too much, something that Bayern would not allow.”

Manager Frank Lampard clearly sees a future for the player at the club.

At present, the star is finding it hard to break into the starting eleven and will have to work hard to force his way into the current side.

Much will depend on how well the new-look Chelsea get on as a unit, and also how well they fare in terms of injuries.