Callum Hudson-Odoi has explained why he decided to go out on loan this season – getting fit, getting playing time, getting better again – so his recent interview with The Athletic doesn’t really offer anything new in this regard , although the timing is still somewhat prophetic considering it fell on the same day Chelsea ran out of titular full-backs Raheem Sterling and Christian Pulisic at Salzburg.
Don’t know about you, but I think Graham Potter thinks we all have a small wingback #CFC
— Liam Twomey (@liam_twomey) October 25, 2022
That fate has befallen Hudson-Odoi so often over the past few years that no one likes it – be it the fans, the coach or the player himself – so he just wants to spend some time away from Wingbacks FC . A little rest, let the heart become more gentle.
“sometimes, [playing wing-back] It’s ok. But sometimes in my head, I’m thinking, ‘What am I doing and why am I in this position? I defend more than attack”. No matter where I play, I always try to do my best and help the team – it’s not always about myself. I never argue; I just started doing it.
“But to get the most out of yourself, you have to play where you’re most comfortable and do the best thing you can. […] My mentality was, “I have to get out of there”. Not in a rude way, like I don’t like clubs or I don’t want to be in clubs, I don’t like clubs. There is no such thing. “
As before, Callum was quick to point out that none of this was a personal attack on Thomas Tuchel, who speaks highly of him as a coach and as a person, but playing in a position he likes is… um …that’s what he prefers, you know. Anyone will.
“I will never speak ill or say anything ill [Tuchel]. He’s a good guy, a good guy, on and off the court. It’s just… with so many good players on the team, you obviously have to fight for your place and work hard. It must be difficult to be with him at times, but you have to stick with it and do the best you can. “
While Hudson-Odoi has been doing well on an individual level so far, Bayer Leverkusen have struggled all season, having recently sacked their coach and hired former Liverpool and Real Madrid star Hardy Bea Alonso as head coach. Maybe he can help turn the team around and make a name for himself in senior management (his first such appointment). If Callum can rediscover his commitment, he could do him and himself a great help.
“I need to play football in a new place. Start all over again. Wherever I am, do my best. Then come back to Chelsea when the loan ends.”
“[Todd Boehly] Say, ‘Make sure you do your thing there – be confident, be free, be the player you want to be. [And] I feel like I’m back to being myself — back to the pre-injury stage when I was more direct, dribbling, etc.
“I’ve been a bit behind the last few seasons, passing more; I’ve been safer. I feel like I’m doing a lot better now. I feel sharper and more direct on the ball. All that’s missing now are goals and assists. So everything will get better.”
– Callum Hudson-Odoi; Source: Athletics
Bayer face Atletico Madrid in the Champions League tonight and need a win to stay alive in Group B and at least secure a place in the Europa League.