Thomas Tuchel on how Callum Hudson-Odoi can kickstart his career

By Sean Walsh
Hudson-Odoi impressed against Malmo
Hudson-Odoi impressed against Malmo / James Williamson - AMA/GettyImages

Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel says that Callum Hudson-Odoi needs to perform well for the next 250 games in order to turn his career around.

The 20-year-old has scarcely featured since Tuchel took charge at Stamford Bridge, but impressed in Chelsea's win over Malmo in the Champions League and could feature more in the coming weeks following injuries to Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner.

But when asked in a press conference whether this could be a turning point for the better in Hudson-Odoi's career, Tuchel replied: “The only person who can decide this and answer this question is Callum.

“It’s as easy as that. Is there a turning point? Ok, he needs to prove it. He needs to play the next 250 games on the highest level and then that was the turning point. But is it a turning point if he does a brilliant match tomorrow? No.

“It’s only a turning point if he makes it a turning point – and only if he does not only do one good match, one good half, 60 good minutes, but if he does it consistently,” Tuchel added. “It’s as easy as that with every player.

“Once you do this you will have more minutes. Once you have more minutes you will maybe look back and say: ‘That was a turning point.’ You need to fight for it. You need to deserve it. It must be a perfect fit in a perfect moment. Sometimes you need a bit of luck. But in the end the only person who can answer that question is Callum. And we will support him.”

Hudson-Odoi's next chance to impress for Chelsea comes in Saturday's early Premier League kick-off against Norwich City.