Callum Hudson-Odoi off started well under Thomas Tuchel, but it seems that he’s finally fallen afoul of his new manager. Speaking to the media following their draw with Southampton, the Chelsea boss was scathing in his criticism of the young winger. Could this create an opening for Bayern Munich to make another approach?
Probably not, but let’s take a look at what was said. Per Goal, Tuchel criticized Hudson-Odoi’s pressing and overall effort, saying: “We brought in Callum Hudson-Odoi but I was not happy with his attitude, energy and counter-pressing.”
“I took him off and we demand 100 per cent, I feel he is not in the right shape to help us”, added the Blues coach. He did clarify that CHO would still get a chance to prove himself against Atletico Madrid in midweek.
Now, if you’re Brazzo, you’re probably licking your lips after reading that rumor. Bayern have been trying to sign the Callum Hudson-Odoi since the winter of 2019, thoroughly annoying Chelsea in the process. The Blues even went to the extent of offering him a massive new contract to keep him at the club, even after the player suffered a serious Achilles tendon injury that rummer.
However, Bayern never gave up, and were reportedly trying to sign CHO as recently as last summer. The club didn’t make another effort this January, presumably because everyone’s broke because of covid, but another move in the summer could possibly be on the cards. After all, Douglas Costa is definitely going back to Juventus after his loan is over.
Now, could Tuchel’s words drive CHO to seek a transfer? Probably not, if this remains an isolated incident. The former Dortmund boss has always been known for being a blunt character, but he gets the best out of his players at almost every club he goes to (until they get fed up with him, at least). How Callum Hudson-Odoi sees this latest setback is up to him. Even Hansi Flick pulled Leroy Sane from a game when he thought the latter wasn’t up to the mark — it’s something that coaches do.
Of course, if tensions with the manager continue, Hudson-Odoi could seek a transfer, and then you can be sure that Bayern will be at the top of the list of destinations.