Why England Call-up is a Big Boost to Chelsea Striker But a Huge Loss to His Club

The call-up of Chelsea striker Callum Hudson-Odoi to the England national team is admittedly a good news for the player but a bad news for his club.

The young star has for the last nine months been hitting the headlines due to his relationship with the club. His emergence into the mainstream has brought him to limelight and perhaps that was the way to expose him to a much better club.

Odoi received a first call-up to the England National team, a decision which follows a transfer window that has seen Bayern Munich constantly looking for his services.

Admittedly, the English striker has been in good form, though Sarri has been so reluctant to feature him in his squad more often.

The problems he has faced at Chelsea shouldn’t come as a surprise. This is a club that has failed to realise the potential of Mohamed Salah, Romelu Lukaku and Kevin de Bruyne.

They are now three of the most dangerous attacker in the Premier League, all operating at rival clubs.

In hindsight, the Blues could have had one of the best-attacking teams in modern history. However, none of the three would have developed into the players they are today without leaving Stamford Bridge.

This season, the attacker has only been given 119 minutes of Premier League football. He is still awaiting his first start in the competition under Sarri. Hudson-Odoi has had to use the cup competitions to increase his reputation, something that he has done with aplomb.

In the Europa League, he has made six appearances with a contribution of four goals and two assists. His goal involvement stands at one every 69 minutes.

Although the calibre of opposition isn’t the best, he has managed to take advantage of his opportunity and it is likely that his England call-up came as a result of those performances.

Gareth Southgate takes a long-term view when selecting a squad and his decision to bring Hudson-Odoi reflects that, as the attacker is likely to have a role to play over the next decade.

It will be fascinating to see whether Hudson-Odoi is given minutes over the next two matches. If he does make his international debut, it will provide a damaging blow to his Chelsea future, as he will be left wondering why he isn’t given the same trust at club level.

That will actually give him a reason to easily accept the move to the club that utterly need his services.

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