Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi has been the talk of the town this week, with Bayern Munich said to be willing to fork out £35million for the wonderkid.
But it seems the Blues are keen on holding onto their academy graduate and made a big statement this evening by starting him in their Carabao Cup semi-final first-leg clash with Spurs.
Hudson-Odoi has reportedly told Chelsea that he wants to leave the club in the winter window for the bright lights of Germany, having only played around 60 minutes of Premier League football this season.
But he impressed in the Blues FA Cup third round win over Nottingham Forest at the weekend, setting up both goals in a 2-0 win.
And he was easily their best attacking player at Wembley this evening.
Playing in a strong Chelsea line-up, CHO was fielded on the right-side of an attacking three alongside Eden Hazard and Willian, and saw plenty of the ball.
In the first-half, he simply didn’t stop running and looked lively against his man-marker Danny Rose, with his finest moment coming just before the stroke of halftime when his cross into Spurs’ box was deflected off of Rose and very nearly looped over the top of goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga.
With the Blues trailing, he was subbed off in place of Olivier Giroud on the 80th minute.
His lack of first-team opportunities under Maurizio Sarri so far this season is why he’s so keen to move to the Bundesliga, but he could be tempted to stick around at Stamford Bridge if he has more run-outs like tonight.
But if he does force through the move to Bayern this winter, then it looks like £35million could be an absolute bargain for a genuine star of the future.
Oh, and Gareth Southgate was in attendance, too.
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