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My Probably Bad Take: Why Bayern Munich should break the bank for Callum Hudson-Odoi

Brazzo, if you’re reading this, keep chasing after CHO. It’s gonna pay off eventually.

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At Bavarian Football Works, we’re using this midseason break to expose ourselves (phrasing!). When working on Bayern Munich news and opinions on 24x7x365 basis, the entire staff develops some very good — and some very, very bad — takes. Whether these takes are relevant to past, present, or future opinions, we are going to let you in on some of the stupid things we think as part of a series. Without further ado, BFW will let it all hang out (damn it! phrasing again!).

My Probably Bad Take: Bayern Munich should break the bank for Callum Hudson-Odoi

First of all, I object to this being called a bad take, because in MY opinion, this is actually a great take. After writing over thirty articles about this kid over the two years or so, I’ve become convinced that Callum Hudson-Odoi is is a player that Bayern Munich needs to sign, regardless of the cost. If Chelsea want a loan+buy obligation for 70m euros, then make it happen. Brazzo, if you’re reading this article, then you know what to do. Get this kid on a plane to Munich ASAP.

Now before people rush to make a nonsense of the comments section, I should probably explain my reasoning:

  • Callum Hudson-Odoi is exactly who we want. If you ask me what kind of player CHO resembles, I’d probably say Franck Ribery. The Frenchman was probably one of the most skillful players to ever play for this club, and Hudson-Odoi closely resembles a far younger, rawer version of the player we all revere. Pace, dribbling, attacking sense, and especially ball-control — he’s got it all. He’d fit right in at Bayern, we have a position ready and waiting for him to fill.
  • Chelsea have a long track record of producing (and then ignoring) quality players. This one is a basic examination of trends. Chelsea’s academy and scouting systems are actually top notch, but they suck at using the talent at their displosal. Mohamed Salah, Kevin De Bruyne, and Romelu Lukaku, all plied their trade at the Blues at some point, only to make their careers elsewhere. At Bayern, we’re seeing a former Chelsea youngster in Jamal Musiala flourish under the superior organization and coaching you’d find at a proper big club. Imagine what CHO could do when freed from those same shackles.
  • Frank Lampard has no clue how to use his players. People will say that Hudson-Odoi has no place on a Bayern team when he doesn’t even show consistently good numbers for Chelsea. I say, look at their coach. Folks like us who watch the Bundesliga know that Timo Werner and Kai Havertz are quality players, but Lampard has them playing like shadows of their former selves. And those guys are multi-million euro Galacticos with plenty of experience at the top level, not some 20-year-old kid who barely gets a chance every 10 games. If you’ve ever looked at Werner play for Chelsea and wonder what he could do in a better system, then extend that same logic to Hudson-Odoi. Imagine what a kid like CHO could do under a serious coach in Hansi Flick. Imagine his potential after playing with guys like Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller. This kid has the talent to explode, Lampard just doesn’t know how to light the match.

So there you go. A perfectly rational take on why Bayern Munich absolutely should break the bank for Callum Hudson-Odoi. My logic is irrefutable. I look forward to your praise in the comments section.


A totally unbiased poll:

This poll is closed

  • 33%
    Yes, I completely agree INNN
    (122 votes)
  • 29%
    Eloquently put and well argued!
    (107 votes)
  • 36%
    The CHO train goes choo choo
    (134 votes)
363 votes total Vote Now

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