According to Fabrizio Romano, Fulham aim to acquire Callum Hudson-Odoi after he returned from loan at the Bundesliga. With the Italian journalist noting that Chelsea have made it clear that he is “not part of the club”, a move to another Premier League squad could be what he needs to get consistent minutes in the top flight finally.
After revealing that he accepted the loan to Bayer Leverkusen last season for more game time, his lack of appearances will continue so long as he remains a player under Mauricio Pochettino. As a result, an exit makes sense for the Englishman who, according to The Athletic, has already made it known that he wants to leave.
The relationship between player and manager can be illustrated further in the squad number selections. Alongside Romelu Lukaku and Hakim Ziyech, the “brilliant” winger is one of the players to have not received a number, all but confirming that his time has run out as a Chelsea player.
How Could He Fit in at Fulham?
Having experience on both the left and right sides of the pitch, the 22-year-old could be deployed in multiple positions, making him a versatile attacking option. If he were to make the move, he could rekindle his relationship with former teammate Willian and the two could be goal-scoring threats on the wings while providing crosses to newly acquired striker, Raul Jimenez.
With a 10th-place finish last year, the Cottagers shockingly finished in front of their London counterparts. Although it is unlikely that this will happen in the 2023/24 season, both teams can improve on their current circumstances if this transfer were to go through. The Argentinian manager can offload an unwanted man, and Marco Silva can gain a valuable asset to improve his attack.
How the Exit Affects Chelsea Incomings
Although it would be preferable to ship the Wandsworth-born footballer to a club outside of England, the deal could be necessary with other incomings like Michael Olise rumored to be linked with the 12th-place finishers. While it is a shame that he could not fulfill his potential with his current team, his young age, combined with the skills he has displayed so far, will surely help him excel somewhere.