Callum Hudson-Odoi is unlikely to stay at Bayer Leverkusen or Chelsea this summer, with Arsenal reportedly tracking his progress.
Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi is currently on loan with Bayer Leverkusen in Germany, but Sky Germany (via GGFN) report that he’s not likely to stay with the Bundesliga club this summer.
Yet it is also deemed improbable that Hudson-Odoi has a future with his parent club.
The Guardian write that Hudson-Odoi is unlikely to stay at Chelsea when he returns from Leverkusen, adding that Arsenal are understood to be tracking him.
Hudson-Odoi’s contract with Chelsea only lasts until 2024, and with the Blues making a number of forward signings over the last six months, a sale certainly seems to be on the cards.
Even so, it’s a bit difficult to see the value in an Arsenal move.
The Gunners certainly need alternatives to Bukayo Saka on the right wing, but Hudson-Odoi generally plays on the left.
With the acquisition of Leandro Trossard and reports of a contract extension for Gabriel Martinelli, as well as Reiss Nelson and Emile Smith Rowe, Arsenal are much more comfortable with their options on the left.
Perhaps Trossard could play on the right, as he has done on a few occasions in the past. But like Martinelli and Hudson-Odoi, his best performances seem to come on the left.
Then there’s the question of whether Hudson-Odoi can recapture the form that made him so highly rated as a young player.
The 22-year-old has struggled to make his mark with Leverkusen this season, scoring one goal and assisting one in 17 appearances (12 starts).
As a youth player, Hudson-Odoi looked to be one of the country’s top talents, and he caught the eye at Arsenal a few times in matches against the Gunners. But he’s never really been that player in senior football.
Perhaps Arsenal believe they have the secret to unlocking his potential, and you wouldn’t bet against Mikel Arteta’s ability to do so right now.