£22m young star will hope to follow in the footsteps of Manchester United’s £67m star

Chelsea have completed loan moves for two of their young stars with just days left in the summer window.

A squad clear-out has taken place this summer with the arrival of Todd Boehly as high-wage under-performing stars and fringe players have been eased off the books.

There were question marks around younger talents who are unlikely to receive regular game time once again, resulting in loan moves or permanent deals with a buy-back option in the future.

Two players that fans would have hoped would stay have left for regular game time, with Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ethan Ampadu both opting for European moves which will do them a world of good. With Ampadu off to Italy to play for Spezia.

Especially with Hudson-Odoi, who will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of Jadon Sancho, who made his name in Germany before signing for Manchester United.

Why a move for Hudson-Odoi to Germany is perfect for his development

Hudson-Odoi, 21, has been earmarked as a future star for club and country having been a magnificent youth player.

However, his senior career hasn’t gone quite to plan so far, despite being a part of the Chelsea first-team set-up since 2018. Competition for places has been increasingly tough and injuries at crucial moments have seen him fall down the pecking order.

Now he heads to Germany and to Bayer Leverkusen to play in a league famed for its space and attacking freedom – something he has given all too sparingly during his time at Chelsea.

Sancho became a leading name in the Bundesliga during his time at Dortmund – a player who was seen as inferior to Hudson-Odoi during his youth days – and now he has an opportunity to follow in his friend’s footsteps. Sancho produced 114 goal contributions in 137 games and he no doubt benefitted from the Bundesliga style of play and CHO can too.

Regular minutes in an attacking league will be perfect

All the statistics of Hudson-Odoi point toward an incredibly direct and creative winger who is much more of a creator than a goalscorer. For example, FbRef shows us that he ranks in the 91st percentile for shot-creating actions and the 83rd for xG assisted.

He has always lacked total confidence and quality in front of goal, something that can only improve with regular, consistent minutes on the pitch. However, he hasn’t been afforded that and it’s reflected in his goal returns.

Under Maurizio Sarri in the 2018/19 season was his break-out year, with the Italian giving him regular game-time, especially in the Europa League as he managed four goals and two assists in nine appearances.

Germany will afford him the space and time to be direct and he can combine with the likes of Florian Wirtz, Moussa Diaby and Patrik Schick in a potentially highly successful front-line.

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