When one door closes, another one opens. For Chelsea, the exit of Eden Hazard has been met with understandable sadness; the Belgian was undoubtedly the Blues’ best player for a number of seasons.
But after confirmation that he had made his move to Real Madrid, the focus turned to who could potentially step up to fill the 28-year-old’s shoes at Stamford Bridge.
With Chelsea facing the prospect of a transfer ban, the club will have to look at what they’ve already got to replace Hazard, and one man who could do just that is Callum Hudson-Odoi.
Following the Belgian’s announcement, Hudson-Odoi took to Instagram to share his pride at having played alongside him, and wished him all the best for the future.
But it was the comment left by Arsenal legend Ian Wright that certainly got Chelsea fans excited, with the former striker suggesting it was now the teenager’s ‘time’ to be the main man at Stamford Bridge.
In the brief opportunities he was given by Maurizio Sarri last season, Hudson-Odoi certainly proved he had what it takes, and played a major role in the Blues’ run to the Europa League final before suffering an ACL injury.
With his return estimated to be mid-way through next season, Chelsea fans will have to wait and see if the 18-year-old can truly replace Hazard.