Former Chelsea winger Shaun Wright-Phillips believes Callum Hudson-Odoi “should leave” Stamford Bridge this summer to keep his career on the right trajectory after falling down the pecking order.
Hudson-Odoi, 21, has been omitted from the starting XI in Chelsea’s opening two matches of the 2022/23 season, failing to make the matchday squad for their curtain-raising win over Everton and then being an unused substitute in Sunday’s epic 2-2 draw with Tottenham.
Having only started 11 Premier League games last season and being reluctantly shoehorned into an unfavourable wing-back position when used by Thomas Tuchel, talk has now been gaining considerable traction that Hudson-Odoi could seek an exit from west London this summer to rejuvenate his career.
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The fledgling winger rose to meteoric prominence in 2018/19 and signed a bumper five-year contract in September 2019 after the club rejected several advances from Bayern Munich, including a £35m bid.
However, following a long-term Achilles injury and the departure of Frank Lampard, whom Hudson-Odoi struck up a blossoming relationship with, his career has stalled — and Shaun Wright-Phillips, who played for Chelsea between 2005 and 2008, now believes he should “say goodbye” to the Blues in order to get his career back on track.
Speaking to Squawka (courtesy of bet365), Wright-Phillips said: “He needs to go and play regular football.
“I don’t think he’s had a season where he’s played all the time and at a young age, that step moving into the men’s world, that’s how you build your consistency: playing regular football.
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“For me and for him, I think he should leave on loan or say goodbye to Chelsea and make his own steps.”
Several clubs are thought to be keeping tabs on Hudson-Odoi and his current situation in the capital, including Borussia Dortmund, Leicester and Southampton, with the latter said to have enquired over a loan move earlier this summer.
As for Chelsea’s immediate focus, they will look to cool down from Sunday’s four-goal thriller at the Bridge and prepare for an equally enticing trip to Elland Road on Sunday, where a confidence-emitting Leeds are lying in wait.