Sporting director Hasan “Brazzo” Salihamidžić was on a mission to land the highly-touted youngster, but ultimately did not succeed because Chelsea was afraid it was going to let one of England’s next great talents walk away from its campus (imagine that).
Anyway, Bayern Munich was rumored to offer €25 million for a player who was largely an unproven commodity. Thankfully for the Bavarians, Chelsea panicked and inked Hudson-Odoi to a monster deal, which has not worked out all that well.
Now, though, Bayer Leverkusen might be willing to throw Hudson-Odoi’s career a life preserver and bring him to Germany — a task that Bayern Munich did not succeed in:
News Hudson-Odoi via @Sky_Marlon89: He is on verge to join Leverkusen via loan until the end of the season. He should replace Adli and Bellarabi (both injured). Last details have to be clarified (Option to buy…). He has no future under Tuchel at #CFC. @SkySportDE— Florian Plettenberg (@Plettigoal) August 24, 2022
“No future under Tuchel” seems to be the theme for quite a few players these days.
Anyway, Hudson-Odoi likely fell victim to four things at Chelsea:
- Being caught up in a numbers game with the club’s attacking group.
- The weight of expectations and a big contract without ever having really proven anything.
- Falling into Thomas Tuchel’s mansion-sized doghouse.
- Too much, too soon — he just wasn’t ready for primetime in the Premier League-level yet.
Hudson-Odoi’s potential is still there, but can Bayer Leverkusen help him reach it? Bayern Munich will have a front row seat as we all find out.