Callum Hudson-Odoi shows flashes of promise in Chelsea's Community Shield defeat to Manchester City

Aditya Devavrat 12:40 08/08/2018
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Hudson-Odoi was a bright spot in an otherwise lacklustre display from Chelsea.

Callum Hudson-Odoi was the breakout performer of Chelsea‘s preseason, and the 17-year-old was duly handed a start in the Blues’ Community Shield fixture against Manchester City.

Unfortunately, though he showed flashes of his potential, he was just short of his preseason form and couldn’t prevent his side from falling to a 2-0 loss.

Here’s a closer look at his performance.

KEY STATS

Goals – 0

Assists – 0

Shots – 2

Shots on target – 1

Key Passes – 0

Passing Accuracy – 90%

Dribbles – 1

30-SECOND REPORT

Hudson-Odoi’s biggest advantage in preseason was that he was quicker than the defenders facing up to him. On Sunday, however, he had Kyle Walker lining up against him, and that pace advantage was negated, limiting the youngster’s effectiveness.

However, he still showed glimpses of the talent that had observers purring during the summer, outshining some of his senior Chelsea colleagues.

GOT RIGHT

Decision-making – The young Englishman was smart on the ball, completing some crisp passes in the final third and also showing an unexpected maturity. He wasn’t running up cul-de-sacs trying to dribble his way out of trouble – unlike Pedro, Chelsea’s other wide player.

Running at the defence – Hudson-Odoi’s pace and ability on the ball kept driving City back, even if they had him contained by the end.

GOT WRONG

Though Hudson-Odoi looked confident whenever he was on the ball, he seemed a little timid without it – he should have been demanding his teammates to find him more often. Only Alvaro Morata had fewer touches than his 35 among the Chelsea starters. Hopefully he gets more minutes and grows in confidence in order to command his team’s attention as much as opposing defences’.

VERDICT

Against a City defence well aware of the threat Chelsea’s young sensation poses, and well-equipped to deal with it, Hudson-Odoi still ended up being his side’s most dangerous attacking player. There are definitely kinks to work out in his game, and he wasn’t as effective as in his previous summer performances, but this was still a display full of promise.

RATING: 6/10

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