Hudson-Odoi sets ambitious Chelsea targets amid renaissance under Tuchel

Callum Hudson-Odoi is setting his sights on becoming Chelsea's main man after being handed a more pivotal role under new boss Thomas Tuchel.

In terms of his career thus far, Hudson-Odoi has been the star-in-waiting, yet to truly announce himself on the senior stage.

Despite his obvious talent, the 20-year-old winger has been tiptoeing around the periphery of the Blues' first XI in recent seasons and struggled to hold down a regular spot during Frank Lampard's regime.

But following Tuchel's arrival, he has been a more prominent figure, featuring in all six of the German's matches in charge, starting on five occasions.

And while his involvement has largely been in a more unfamiliar wing-back role, Hudson-Odoi feels he can still be the player opposition defenders are most worried about.

He told Chelsea ’s official website : “You want to be that player who every team fears and where you have a target to get a goal or an assist for the team in every match you play, to help the team as much as possible because that contributes at the end of the game. You scoring or assisting helps the team win so I look at it like that.

“If I can get a goal one game and then maybe the next game I get an assist and the next game a goal again, it’s helpful for all aspects. I want to be one of those players that you know is regularly on the scoresheet.”

Hudson-Odoi was a prolific goal scorer in the club's academy, though understandably has found it harder to produce the same results at senior level.

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That said, he has still played a part in 28 goals already in his 86 appearances for the club.

It was his form at youth level, coupled with his initial breakthrough into the first team, which persuaded Bayern Munich to make a shock £35million bid for him in January 2019.

Since then Chelsea have spurned several advances from the Bundesliga giants, and Lampard made it clear in October that Hudson-Odoi was "absolutely part of our plans here".

But it took for Tuchel to be handed the reins for Hudson-Odoi to be given a real run of games.

He has already begun paying back his manager with his improved performances, though with only one assist to his name, he is now aiming to add greater numbers to his game by being more "clinical and ruthless" in front of goal.

“I haven’t set a specific target for myself but I just try to score as many as possible," he said. "It’s good to know we’ve got the players around who are capable of getting the ball into the back post as well for those tap-ins or finding cutbacks or playing crucial passes to get you in on goal.

“I’ve just got to make sure I keep getting in those positions to try and get a shot away and hopefully that goes in the back of the net."

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