Chelsea already have their own Jadon Sancho and Thomas Tuchel knows it

Chelsea already have their own Jadon Sancho and Thomas Tuchel knows it

Callum Hudson-Odoi was an early favourite of Thomas Tuchel’s after the German was appointed as Frank Lampard’s successor in January.

The Chelsea boss was keen to rotate his squad upon his appointment but Hudson-Odoi was used frequently, with Tuchel referencing Bayern Munich’s interest in his services as enough reason to be excited about his potential.

A number of players from the squad were reintegrated under the new regime – including Antonio Rudiger, Marcos Alonso and Kepa Arrizabalaga – but Hudson-Odoi seemed to receive the most attention.

Tuchel’s usage of Hudson-Odoi in a tactical sense was particularly interesting as he’s favoured 3-4-3 since taking charge, deploying the English forward as a wing-back from the right.

As a consequence of the dominance that the Blues established on a regular basis, Hudson-Odoi ended up effectively performing as a winger more often than not, with impressive numbers posted across several departments.

Hudson-Odoi appeared specifically impressive at bringing his team to the valuable areas of the pitch once deployed as a wing-back and starting from deeper areas, as he often was presented with space to maximise.

Still just 20 years-old, the attacker has always been a keen dribbler when in possession and he showcases a naturally tendency to move the ball forward.

Below, players from Europe’s top five leagues – who played at least 900 minutes – have been plotted according to their number of carries and number of passes into the penalty box on a per-90 basis this season, with Hudson-Odoi showing up incredibly well.

The numbers of the Blues academy graduate are impressive; he shows up as an outlier alongside the likes of Jack Grealish and Jadon Sancho, with the latter linked with a summer move to Stamford Bridge.

Hudson-Odoi and Sancho both seem to possess the necessary skills to get into the penalty area, with the difference between the two perhaps being end-product.

Sancho has proved his ability to score and assist goals in the Bundesliga since his move to Borussia Dortmund, whereas Hudson-Odoi doesn’t yet have those numbers associated with his game, with much of that potentially stemming from his lack of time on the field.

As Tuchel shapes his squad ahead of a challenge for the Premier League crown next season, he could have his very own version of Sancho as part of the squad providing the goals and assists start to come.

His early faith in the youngster was justified and although it gradually faded, it highlighted Tuchel’s belief in Hudson-Odoi’s potential ceiling, and it could be restored ahead of the new campaign.

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