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PremierLeague-News.Com - Callum Hudson-Odoi's role at Chelsea has been one of the more interesting aspects of the German's short time in charge
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Thomas Tuchel has made a number of statement decisions since being appointed as Frank Lampard's successor at Stamford Bridge last month, and no player has experienced this more profoundly than Callum Hudson-Odoi. The German has used the players at his disposal differently to his predecessor, with various names reintegrated into proceedings including Antonio Rudiger, Marcos Alonso and Kepa Arrizabalaga. However, the player who seems to have received the most attention from the new boss is Hudson-Odoi. The English forward has featured in every Premier League game under the his tenure so far, with four of those coming as a starter. The most recent was his strange 30-minute cameo against Southampton last Saturday when the 20-year-old introduced to try and change the course of the match at half-time with Chelsea 1-0 down to Saints. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now However, Hudson-Odoi was then surprisingly replaced by Hakim Ziyech before the conclusion of the match with his head coach then publicly citing his attitude and application, while simultaneously playing down the gravitas of the decision. What it adds up to is that Hudson-Odoi, given his minutes under the German and the level of standards expected of him is that Tuchel clearly values his ability and, even more so, his potential ceiling and that he, perhaps more so than others, is something of a pet project. There is every reason to suggest that despite his indiscretion at St Mary's, Hudson-Odoi could well be involved tonight against Atletico Madrid. Should he do so, he'll need to present a greater body of work than what was witnessed on the south coast. In possession, Hudson-Odoi's impression was not the greatest. He didn't take a shot, nor did he generate a scoring opportunity for any of his teammates. Read More Related Articles Kante and Alonso start, Hudson-Odoi benched - predicted Chelsea team vs Atletico Madrid Read More Related Articles The lesson Marcos Alonso learned during his months in the Chelsea wilderness under Frank Lampard He did complete the only dribble that he attempted, and he also played the pass to Mason Mount before the midfielder won a penalty after being fouled by Danny Ings. Tuchel seemed primarily frustrated with his defensive work, though. “It was not the gameplan, I was not happy with his attitude against the ball," he said. "He forgot the counter-pressing situation sometimes. “We talked about how we expected his energy, work rate and strife from the games. I trust him a lot, I think he’s played every match. But today I was not happy. Callum Hudson-Odoi took part in training on Monday. (Image: Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images). “I had the feeling he could not help and he did not accept the intensity that is needed. I took this decision, it’s a hard decision.” Interestingly, Hudson-Odoi's first two touches involved making an interception of sorts on the ball, both of which ended with Chelsea regaining possession. He also pressured opponents on a few occasions, with Statsbomb's numbers - courtesy of FBref - counting four pressures in total over the 30-minute spell. A good example is shown below. A progressive pass was made to him from deeper but he lost possession, as pictured. Hudson-Odoi is dispossessed as he tries to control a penetrative pass into his feet His response was to get back to his feet before closing down his opponent - as shown below - but that seems to have been what Tuchel suggested was lacking. After losing the ball, Hudson-Odoi reacts to close down the opposition What was notable was Hudson-Odoi's tendency to make an initial pressure before essentially stopping once the ball progressed beyond him.
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. Wing wonder What has been most notable about Tuchel's usage of Hudson-Odoi has been the role that he's presented him with as more often than not, he's been deployed as a wing-back of sorts. Chelsea have favoured three-at-the-back under the German, with Hudson-Odoi seemingly favoured ahead of Reece James as the team's right wing-back, which is certainly a surprise given he's been used throughout his career in more offensive roles. As a consequence of the dominance that the Blues have established over their opponents of late, Hudson-Odoi has ended up effectively performing as a winger regardless, but it is an interesting ploy nevertheless. Once stepping back from the situation, it can be considered as quite a clever tactical move by Tuchel because of how the Chelsea academy graduate plays the game; he's undeniably threatening, but his actual output at the business end of the field has always been open to debate.
Callum Hudson-Odoi with Thomas Tuchel at Cobham last week
Over the course of his 2,004 Premier League minutes, he's scored just three times while registering eight assists, equating to a scoring contribution roughly every 182 minutes. That isn't bad by any means and he's still young enough to improve, but it is reasonable to suggest that a club with the desires of Chelsea needs players who deliver close to a goal or an assist every 90 minutes.
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Tuchel's decision to move him into a deeper role removes some of the expectation on his shoulders to decide games, as he's able to contribute by offering other perks such as dribbling past opponents, passing into the penalty box and offering an avenue into the final third. "I became aware of Callum during my days at Paris," Tuchel said recently. "I’d say probably two years ago. His name popped up on our radar because, clearly, he had so much potential. He is very talented and we can see his ability to speed up the game with a high-intensity run."
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This season, Hudson-Odoi is averaging 3.01 completed passes into the penalty area per 90, which places him behind only Kevin De Bruyne and Bruno Fernandes based on players who have played at least 700 minutes. Moreover, the only player who is carrying the ball into the box more often than Hudson-Odoi is Jack Grealish, who ranks top of Europe's top five leagues in that department. Tuchel's interpretation of how Hudson-Odoi's skills are best utilised has surprised many, but he's essentially providing him with a more appropriate platform to thrive and showcase what he's best at - while also reminding him that despite his new elevated status he must not forget the basics that are demanded of him.
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