When Thomas Tuchel first arrived at Chelsea, the German tactician spent time giving a range of players chjances in new positions. One player who was given a new lease of life with the arrival of the German was Callum Hudson-Odoi. Previously rated as a wonderkid-level of talent, ‘CHO’ has yet to really show enough across a full season to live up to that tag. Now, aged 20, he has a wealth of experience in playing various positions – including wing-back which he did a lot under Tuchel in the UEFA Champions League winning season.
However, in the 4-0 win against Malmo in the Champions League, the wide player came on as a left-sided attacker and looked far more at home there than he does as a wing-back. Speaking about the performance of the winger, who came on for the injured Timo Werner, Tuchel was effusive in his praise of how the player had done.
The 20-year-old has barely featured this year, and has often played in the wing-back role that Tuchel likes. A substitute for the most part, this latest outing gave him a chance to play in a different, more natural position for the gifted winger. The end result was a much more effective game, albeit against an opposition who are a level or two down from what most Premier League clubs can offer.
After the game, Tuchel admitted that the wing-back role is perhaps a detriment to the winger.
What did Thomas Tuchel say about Callum Hudson-Odoi?
Speaking to various media after the game, Tuchel was asked by beIN Sports what he thought of the wide players best position. Tuchel agreed that wing-back is not his best strength, saying of his left-wing role: “This is his best position, I know. Sometimes he needs to help as a right wing-back, so he needs to take it for the team. But we know the half left position up front is his best position.”
The Chelsea coach was also asked about the current injury situation. Romelu Lukaku injured himself in the first half when winning a penalty, while Werner came off with what looked like a hamstring injury.
Asked about the severity of the issues, Tuchel said: “We are never happy because we like to have the full squad and the two are dangerous and decisive players for us up front. But these things happen, so now we need to try to find solutions without them. But overall we are very happy with the performance and the win”
Chelsea will be taking on Norwich City at the weekend, and it might be another chance for the England youth to play some more senior minutes. After dazzling from his position on the wing, expect to see the winger get another shot to play in what looks to be his best position against the Canaries.
One player the Blues do not have to worry about, though, is Billy Gilmour. The on-loan talent will not be able to play against his parent club, removing a valuable weapon from Daniel Farke’s side.