Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi has been compared to Eden Hazard regarding productivity on the pitch. While the Belgian is revered for his hold-up play and creativity, his goals and assists’ tally did not impress many.
Hazard had the potential at Chelsea to break more goal barriers considering his innate talent. Many times, during a counter, it would not be surprising to see Hazard abruptly cut down the speed and dazzle, allowing defenders recover. This is unlike Kevin de Bruyne who would likely send the ball the way of a running forward, assisting for a goal or shot on target at least.
De Bruyne can be intentional about his crosses, his movement, his dribbles, and his running at defenders. Hazard did turn defenders many times but could have just had the back of the net in his mind a whole lot more.
Hudson-Odoi is a marvel to watch. He is still developing but he needs to be hungrier about getting the goals and perfect crosses in. When defenders prove difficult and physical, a switch in play, one-twos, well-taken shots from outside the box, dangerous setups will make him too much to handle for others.
There have been tales of Callum embarrassing players in training, but more is needed on the pitch with goals and assists the endgame. This would quickly distinguish him from his peers.
Chelsea seem to have stabilized after the initial hiccups. They have a decent blend of experience, youth and promise. Despite the transfer ban saga, the clubseems balanced to see out the season comfortably. Hudson-Odoi needs more to be a major part of the story when the season ends.