An update has emerged on Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi, regarding Leicester’s interest in his services.
According to Football London, Leicester have made an enquiry over a permanent deal to sign Callum Hudson-Odoi from Chelsea before the window slams shut.
The report claims that Borussia Dortmund are also interested in landing the English forward, but they are looking into a loan deal for the attacker.
Brendan Rodgers could land a Harvey Barnes 2.0 with a deal for Hudson-Odoi on deadline day. Barnes has been a success since breaking into the first-team at the King Power Stadium and has been able to get fans off their seats with his exciting play on the wing.
He has a career average of 2.1 shots, 1.1 chances created and 1.5 dribbles per game, showing that he likes to make things happen in the final third – taking players on and either shooting or setting up a teammate for a shot.
His type of pacey, direct, play out wide could be exactly what Hudson-Odoi is able to offer to Leicester on the opposite flank. The 20-year-old has career averages of 1.0 shots, 1.1 chances created and 1.3 dribbles per game, although it is worth noting that the majority of his appearances for Chelsea have come as a substitute – skewing his per game averages somewhat.
Still, he could offer a similar type of threat on the right-wing to the one that Barnes offers on the left, creating a terrifying a attacking line-up for the Foxes.
Rodgers could have two players on the wings who are able to cut inside or go on the outside and are equally capable of having a shot on goal or creating a chance for their teammates.
Leicester have also reportedly agreed a deal to sign Ademola Lookman from RB Leipzig to further bolster their attacking ranks too, but Hudson-Odoi coming in would add real competition for places in the wide areas. Veteran winger Marc Albrighton could take a step back and be used in emergencies, allowing Barnes, Lookman, Perez and Hudson-Odoi to battle it out for their places.
With the Europa League, Premier League, League Cup and FA Cup in play for Leicester this year, squad depth could be incredibly important to avoid burnout – allowing Rodgers to rest players when needed. This is why Hudson-Odoi, who could be Barnes 2.0, should be brought in on a permanent deal alongside Lookman to complete a stunning deadline day.
Ex-Chelsea player Cesc Fabregas claimed that Hudson-Odoi has the potential to ‘become a terrific player’. This shows that he also has the potential to improve further and Rodgers could enjoy unlocking his talent on the training pitch.
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