Newcastle United have been linked with a summer move for Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi.
According to The Sun, the Toon are keen on exploring a move for the Chelsea sensation this summer with the Blues greenlighting a pursuit by declaring their willingness to listen to offers.
The news comes amid Newcastle’s failed pursuit of Anthony Gordon with the Magpies now very much pursuing alternative targets.
In those appearances, the winger has found the net 47 times and delivered 40 assists in the process.
With 15 Premier League appearances to his name last season, the Englishman racked up 17 shots at goal, 51 shot-creating actions, 30 dribbles and 26 crosses, showing the clear attacking talent he has and why he’d be an exciting addition to Eddie Howe’s ranks.
Having played across numerous positions in the midfield and attack last season, this sort of versatility could make the youngster a very useful player for the Toon.
Praised by Thomas Tuchel for a “perfect” pass he delivered during Chelsea’s 1-0 win over Malmo in the Champions League last season, Hudson-Odoi clearly has what it takes to be a goalscoring threat for Newcastle.
If he does make the move to St James, then it could give the Magpies their next version of Allan Saint-Maximin.
With the Frenchman being a huge part of Newcastle’s attacking power by scoring five goals and delivering five assists in 35 league appearances last season, it’s safe to say that he is an important figure for the team.
The similarities between the two players are clear, with both figures achieving ratings in the 70s for the creativity and attacking areas of their game according to SofaScore.
While the current Toon star slightly eclipses the £120k-per-week winger in both categories, the Chelsea youngster certainly has the talent and time ahead of him to get on the same level as Saint-Maximin, which a move to Newcastle would surely help with.
With the Magpies showing during their previous transfer window, and in the early stages of this one, just how effective they can be at signing players from fellow English clubs, a move for Hudson-Odoi is something that they should definitely explore during the next few weeks.