It’s been far from a smooth summer at Chelsea, having taken so long to officially appoint Maurizio Sarri that Antonio Conte actually oversaw the first few training sessions of pre-season.
But the arrival of the new boss and his preceding reputation as a manager who values attacking football has created some excitement over the last few weeks, especially when coupled with the involvement of several youngsters in Chelsea’s pre-season friendlies.
Callum Hudson-Odoi has probably stood out most, especially after his performance against Inter Milan earned rave reviews from Blues supporters on Twitter, with one even comparing him to the World Cup’s Best Young Player Kylian Mbappe.
Callum Hudson-Odoi is going to be world class and there is absolutely nothing you can do about it.
— ¹⁰ (@ClinicaIEden) July 28, 2018
Hudson-Odoi has looked better in this pre-season than Willian has the past 3 years.
— ?? (@FlicksLikeEden) July 28, 2018
Some unhappy fans that we've only made one big signing.
Just pretend that we've paid £60m for Loftus-Cheek and £40m for Hudson-Odoi.
Better yet pretend they're from Brazil instead of Lewisham and Wandsworth.
That should do it.
— Gus Mears (@gusmears1905) July 28, 2018
Some of the things Hudson-Odoi can do are frightening.
His blend of technical deftness and explosive athleticism blew away teams at every age group we’ve watched him at. There have been signs this pre-season that he’s capable of translating it to a senior level. pic.twitter.com/tO1sKtoiQW
— Scouted Football (@ScoutedFtbl) July 28, 2018
Chelsea’s own Mbappe in the making. Callum Hudson-Odoi. Son of former Accra Hearts of Oak midfielder Bismark Odoi.
Callum’s dad was an incredible speedster himself, and part of that famous Accra Hearts of Oak team that beat Kotoko 2-1 in Kumasi with 9 men. He scored the opener pic.twitter.com/MeluBjLJEp
— Saddick Adams Obama (@SaddickAdams) July 28, 2018
Callum Hudson-Odoi is something else, honestly.
I really hope he gets an opportunity this season, he gets better and better every game!
— Waleed (@welly1978) July 29, 2018
— MagnificoAlvaro (@AlvaroMagnifico) July 28, 2018
There’s always some ambiguity over how much importance should really be attached to the Community Shield, but it would represent Chelsea and Hudson-Odoi’s biggest test of the summer so far as a real barometer of where the Blues and their promising youngster are currently at compared to last season’s Premier League title winners.
So, Chelsea supporters, would you start Hudson-Odoi against City? Let us know by voting below…
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