Marina Granovskaia sets to complete £70m transfer deal of high-rated player
There was an outpouring of emotion inside Stamford Bridge the moment Callum Hudson-Odoi’s composed finish hit the back of the Juventus net.
The 21-year-old ran to the corner flag, face screwed up in joy. Thomas Tuchel was on the pitch, knees bent and fists clenched. And the Chelsea supporters in the stands jumped around wildly in jubilation.
Nights such as these, performances such as these, are long remembered by players, coaches, and fans alike. “I’m really proud of the team, we came out really strong,” Hudson-Odoi told the Blues’ official website after the Champions League group stage game, which ended 4-0 in Chelsea’s favour.
Football.london has it that this desire to push Hudson-Odoi, to maximize his potential, is understood to be partly why Tuchel put the brakes on a potential loan move to Borussia Dortmund in the summer. Not only did he want the winger to remain in his squad, but he wanted to keep a watchful eye over his development in close quarters.
Statistics shows that in his last seven games, Hudson-Odoi has scored twice and claimed an assist. He also played the vital cross which led to Reece James’ opener against Newcastle United. He has registered 30 shot-creating actions in that period, all bar one of which has come in open play. He is having an impact.
There remains far more potential inside Hudson-Odoi to be unlocked, another level for him to go up in the weeks ahead.
Let’s not forget that Bayern Munich were willing to commit to a loan deal for the winger with a £70million option to buy a little more than a year ago. That offer was flatly rejected by Marina Granovskaia, another show of faith in Hudson-Odoi’s talents.