5 Things you may not know about Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi
The teenager, who has starred for Maurizio Sarri’s side in pre-season, is no stranger to silverware.
New Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri will be delighted with the form of teenager Callum Hudson-Odoi.
The forward has been involved in every one of the Blues’ pre-season matches and Sarri has hinted the 17-year-old will be in and around the first-team for the upcoming campaign.
Here, Press Association Sport looks at five things you may not know about the latest Chelsea protege.
World at his feet
While Hudson-Odoi’s strong pre-season performances may have come as a surprise to the casual observer, the forward showed what he was all about last year.
He laid on two assists in the final of the Under-17s World Cup in India as England recovered from two goals down to hammer Spain 5-2.
Having shown glimpses of his promise throughout the tournament, he has followed that up this summer and looks set to be in and around the Chelsea first team.
Although he is still over three months shy of turning 18, Hudson-Odoi is already no stranger to collecting silverware.
He played a pivotal role as Chelsea’s academy dominated youth-level football last season and has already lifted two FA Youth Cups and the Under-18 Premier League title.
Add to that his winners’ medal as part of England’s Under-17 World Cup squad and it appears Hudson-Odoi has a taste for success.
We are delighted to announce that Bradley Hudson-Odoi has rejoined the club. Bradley left for Sutton in the National League in 2016 and was last at @HRBFC where they narrowly missed out on promotion at the end of last season. #WelcomeBackBradley pic.twitter.com/dvU7rLRqbk— Wealdstone FC (@wealdstonefc) May 22, 2018
Hudson-Odoi’s older brother Bradley is also plying his trade as a footballer and joined National League South outfit Wealdstone this summer.
Unlike his younger sibling, 29-year-old Bradley was born in Ghana but has never represented his country of birth.
Bradley was signed to the academy at Fulham but never made the step up to the first team at Craven Cottage and the striker has moved around non-league football since.
As well as his brother, Hudson-Odoi’s father was also a professional footballer.
Bismark Odoi turned out for Hearts of Oak in his native Ghana and operated as a midfielder for the Accra-based side.
Hudson-Odoi may be the latest in his family to emerge onto the scene but there is every possibility he will become the most recognised member of the clan.
Hudson-Odoi’s pre-season form may have drawn plenty of praise – but one former Chelsea player was already well aware of his talent.
Michael Essien, a Ghana international who won two Premier League titles and the Champions League while at Stamford Bridge, is a big fan of the new Blues youngster.
He took to Instagram following England’s Under-17 World Cup success to congratulate Hudson-Odoi, calling him “little bro”.