Viewed as the club’s future star, Chelsea showed faith in Hudson-Odoi by making him the tenth highest-paid teenager in the world with a £180k-a-week five-year contract, killing off major interests from Germany.
Callum Hudson-Odoi had a breakthrough season under Maurizio Sarri last season. The academy graduate constantly thrilled the fans with scintillating performances whenever called upon by the Italian.
He showed his credentials with five goals and five assists in the 24 appearances, but his excellent season was sadly cut short after he sustained a severe Achilles injury.
This season, however, Odoi has struggled to get back to his best since his return.
His three goals and five assist In 25 outings, and a series of inconsistent performances have given head coach Frank Lampard hardly any selection headache.
One could say the young English winger has so far failed to justify his hefty salary.
With the two-window transfer restriction on Chelsea set to expire, they have been actively searching for attacking reinforcements.
In February, Chelsea announced the signing of Moroccan right-winger Hakim Ziyech on a five-year deal. The 26-year-old had bee impressive for Ajax all season, scoring eight goals and 21 assists.
The Blues have also agreed to terms with RB Leipzig’s world-class striker, Timo Werner.
The pacy forward can also be deployed from the left-wing, as we often see in the Bundesliga.
With Chelsea being the most active in the transfer market so far, they still look set to land German wonder-kid Kai Havertz.
Havertz is a natural attacking midfielder who can be played on either wing and even as a striker.
With Pedro and Willian set to leave, a devastating attacking option of Pulisic, Ziyech, Timo Werner, Tammy Abraham and Kai Havertz is on the cards for Chelsea.
This might just tempt Hudson-Odoi to look elsewhere in hopes of more first-team action.
The likes of Romelu Lukaku, Kevin De Bruyne and Mohamed Salah are prime examples of Chelsea players who took that measure, leaving to become world-class superstars.
He might also walk in the footsteps of his compatriot Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount by going out on loan to garner experience.
However, if he chooses to stay and fight for a place, he has to convince both Frank Lampard and the Chelsea faithful he is up to the mark.
He would have to consistently produce those astounding performances that once earned him the ‘generational talent’ status.