By scoring a well-taken goal in Chelsea’s FA Cup win over Sheffield Wednesday on Sunday, Callum Hudson-Odoi served up the latest powerplay in an increasingly fascinating battle between the teenager and the club.
The England Under-19 winger’s cool finish after cutting inside ended the tie as a contest and came only 24 hours after he handed in a transfer request following a £35m bid from Bayern Munich. If it was meant to remind Chelsea of what they might miss out on, the timing was exquisite – and all from an 18-year-old who has only made 15 appearances, with one of those in the Community Shield.
But as many people who have worked with him say, London-born Hudson-Odoi is no ordinary player. With the transfer deadline looming on Thursday, he is also showing remarkable composure for someone so young.