With a depressing representation of the Blues’ past failures, Werner and Hudson-Odoi reunite in Germany.
“At times, it was okay. But sometimes, in my head, I’m thinking, ‘What am I doing? Why am I in this position? I’m more defending than attacking, ” In reference to his wingback position at Chelsea, Callum Hudson-Odoi said. According to him, he “had to get out” of the club over the summer.
He was transferred away and given a loan to Germany, where things have improved a little bit. Despite Bayer Leverkusen‘s lackluster Bundesliga performance, Hudson-Odoi is regularly given the opportunity to play in an attacking position, and the 21-year-old has excelled, scoring his first
Champions League goal against Atletico Madrid.
Graham Potter deployed Raheem Sterling and Christian Pulisic on the flanks this time, days later and back in England. The two attackers weren’t entirely liberated, contrary to what they might have hoped, despite not being wingbacks in the same way that Hudson-Odoi was.
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Hudson-Odoi would go on to state during his open interview, “No matter where I was playing, I was always trying to do my best and help the team — it’s not always about myself. I never argued; I just got on with it. But in order to get the best out of yourself, you have to play where you can feel most comfortable and do what you can do best.”
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It is a little amusing to see Sterling and Pulisic go through the same problems, given that his departure from Stamford Bridge was motivated by a desire to move on from the stress, attention, and memories of previous seasons more than anything. Timo Werner, a former Blues attacker, connected with Hudson-Odoi before the duo faced off for the first time, only hours before the Blues were doomed to a crushing 4-1 defeat to Brighton.
Despite fleeting signs of compatibility, neither of the two felt really at ease with Thomas Tuchel. Since first-team positions did not open up during preseason, they were both moved on over the summer as well. Werner returned to Leipzig for under £25 million after being acquired there for £47 million in 2020, while Hudson-Odoi was allowed to join on loan.
In the future, Hudson-Odoi may have more of a chance to play for Chelsea without Tuchel and with Potter around, but for the time being, he and Werner are in the same position as players who haven’t accomplished their goals at the club.
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Werner and Chelsea transfer target Christopher Nkunku both scored in Leipzig’s 2-0 victory. Hudson-Odoi came on as a substitute for Xabi Alonso’s team.