Ghanaian winger Callum Hudson-Odoi has sealed a one-year loan move from Premier League side Chelsea to German Bundesliga outfit Bayer Leverkusen, where he will spend the rest of the 2022/2023 season.
The Cobham graduate moves to the Bundesliga for the rest of the campaign, having been an unused substitute in the Blues last three Premier League fixtures, however, Thomas Tuchel’s side still have the option to recall Callum in January.
The winger has been with Chelsea since Under-8s level, making his senior debut from the bench in a win over Newcastle United in the FA Cup fourth round in January 2018. Since then he has made 126 appearances for the Blues in all competitions, scoring 16 goals.
Hudson-Odoi has been a full-time member of the senior squad since the 2018/2019 season, when he scored four goals in nine appearances during our triumphant Europa League campaign, but was ruled out for five months after suffering an Achilles injury.
Following his return, cup competitions offered most of his opportunities in the team, but the 21-year-old featured more regularly from the start under Thomas Tuchel, often in a new role at wing-back. However, injury problems slowed his progress shortly after setting up the opening goal in last season’s FIFA Club World Cup final victory over Palmeiras, meaning the FA Cup win at Luton Town at the start of March remains his most recent appearance for the Blues.
Hudson-Odoi now has the chance to get regular playing time in the German top-flight and will receive a taste of European football at Leverkusen, who finished third in the Bundesliga last season and have been drawn in Group B of the Champions League, alongside Atletico Madrid, Bruges and Porto.
Odoi will relish the prospect of getting more minutes ahead of the 2022 FIFA Men’s World Cup set to hold in November in Qatar, and he will be hoping to be a part of Ghana’s squad for the Mundial.