The £70m price of Chelsea’s win at all cost attitude could hurt Thomas Tuchel in the future

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There isn’t an easy answer when it comes to Callum Hudson-Odoi.

A fantastic, young player who made his debut under Antonio Conte and was involved in Maurizio Sarri’s squad before the influx of young Cobham talent into the first team. Since, the 20-year-old has fallen behind.

The academy product has plenty of ambition, and before signing a new deal, infamously handed in a transfer request to try and earn a switch to Bayern Munich. Neverthless, Hudson-Odoi showed the ability to shine.

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Now, at a time where Thomas Tuchel has led the Blues to the very top, and seems destined to improve the side, the winger and his supporters are left frustrated.

Hudson-Odoi has fallen down the pecking order and played in excess of 2,000 Premier League minutes less than rivals such as Bukayo Saka at Arsenal. He appears as neither first or second choice in an attacking capacity or at wing-back.

“He waits for a chance in the half left position but he fights against Mason [Mount], Kai [Havertz], Hakim [Ziyech], Christian Pulisic, a lot of guys with a lot of quality,” said Tuchel earlier this season.

“It is very hard for him. I agree but we don’t have to feel sorry for him. Once the door is open we demand he goes in between and makes his mark. This can happen at any time. He needs to be ready, this is what we demand from him.”

It seems clear that Hudson-Odoi’s role at the moment is to provide cover. You cannot blame Tuchel for making such an assessment and being firm in wanting to keep the England international at his disposal. His job is to win, and win now.

Chelsea are ruthless in their approach to head coaches and it should come as no suprise that those coaches will be ruthless and greedy in their decisions to bring success before development.

Having not featured in Chelsea’s opening three games, it’s also understandable that Hudson-Odoi would hope that a loan move to Borussia Dortmund would be sanctioned.

The Blues did not need to be afraid of such a deal.

Tuchel’s job is to succeed now but the hierarchy need to keep an eye on the bigger picture.

Hudson-Odoi is down the pecking order in every position he features in. His depth, currently seems like a luxury and without meaningful minutes this season it’s difficult to see meaningful improvement, or a situation arising where the winger could prove his value to the coaching staff.

Without injury issues to provide an opportunity, the club and Hudson-Odoi will be left in the same predicament again in 12 months.

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It could be that the youngster does not fit easily into Tuchel’s preferred system. That would be unfortunate but not everyone can make it at Stamford Bridge, even when they are good enough.

But why not allow Hudson-Odoi a chance to develop in Dortmund? A place that has helped the likes of Jadon Sancho and Christian Pulisic thrive in the past.

A deal like this would have provided two opportunities. One for Hudson-Odoi to have a brilliant season and to leave nobody in any doubt of his talent and commanding of a position in the first team. Secondly, if the environment still wasn’t the right fit, an amicable departure could be worked out for a substantial fee. Much easier to do with a season of football under the belt.

At the moment it feels that Hudson-Odoi’s price and ability will be left to stagnate or restricted to the training ground at a crucial stage of his career.

The Blues have reportedly turned down a deal with a £70 million option to buy in the past. It’s difficult to see a similar offer arriving on the current trajectory and Chelsea’s fear of missing out could hold the club and the player back.

Hudson-Odoi is stuck could be stuck in football purgatory, just a very successful one.

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