He may struggle to nail down a spot in the Chelsea first-team, but Callum Hudson-Odoi is a wanted man.
The 18-year-old made his England debut during their 5-0 trouncing of the Czech Republic on Friday night despite only earning his first call-up to the Under-21 side days earlier.
And there are even reports that Hudson-Odoi will start England’s second fixture in their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign at Montenegro – a match you can listen to live on talkSPORT, kick-off 7:45pm.
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- Montenegro vs England (Monday) – talkSPORT
- France vs Iceland (Monday) – talkSPORT 2
- Czech Republic vs Brazil (Tuesday) – talkSPORT 2
- West Brom vs Birmingham (Friday) – talkSPORT 2
- West Ham vs Everton (Saturday) – talkSPORT
- Portsmouth vs Sunderland (Sunday) – talkSPORT 2
It’s therefore not surprising that some of Europe’s top clubs – including Liverpool, Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund – have been linked with the youngster.
In fact, Bayern tried to sign the winger in January but had a £35million bid turned down by Chelsea, while rivals Dortmund are weighing up a move for Hudson-Odoi against their Bundesliga rivals, according to the Daily Telegraph.
Dortmund could have the upper hand as England youngster Jadon Sancho has thrived at the Westfalenstadion since leaving Manchester City in the summer of 2017.
However, if Hudson-Odoi does join Dortmund, it could lead to Sancho leaving with Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain very interested in him, The Sun claims.
As a result, talkSPORT.com have put together two possible Dortmund line-ups featuring Hudson-Odoi: one where he’d be playing without Sancho, and the other where the two England internationals are club team-mates.
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You can see them, below…
Borussia Dortmund line-up with Hudson-Odoi but without Sancho
Dortmund usually play a 4-2-3-1 formation so Hudson-Odoi would slot into their style of play nicely.
If Sancho leaves then the Chelsea man would naturally replace his England team-mate on the right.
Christian Pulisic will be at Stamford Bridge by then so there would be no one really standing in Hudson-Odoi’s way as he looks to establish himself in the first-team.
Borussia Dortmund line-up with both Hudson-Odoi and Sancho
However, if Sancho stays then Dortmund could have a particularly lethal attack in the future.
Hudson-Odoi prefers to play on the left so he and Sancho could occupy both wings while the experienced Marco Reus would play in the No.10 role and Paco Alcacer would be up top.
There would be competition with Raphael Guerreiro for a spot on the left but if Hudson-Odoi can reach the standards that Sancho has set then he’ll have no problems making appearances.
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