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Liverpool Should Forget About Kylian Mbappé and Jadon Sancho Transfer

liverpool: With a new sponsorship deal in place and the transfer window well and truly open, speculation as to who Nike would like Liverpool to sign or whether the club has held off on a certain big-name deal so that said player *cough* Thiago *cough* could be announced in the new-fangled Nike kit has been rife.

It’s not just been Thiago, either. Jadon Sancho and Kylian Mbappé were both linked with deals just this week based on the club’s new sponsor agreement.

The latter has no legs (Mbappé is destined for Real Madrid as and when he desires and COVID allows), while the former is something that will maybe, possibly have some credence if Sancho sticks around at Dortmund for another season.

But there are other options Liverpool can and are looking at. One possible pick: Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi.

This was supposed to be Hudson-Odoi’s season. After bursting onto the scene last season as one of the lone bright spots in the Maurizio Sarri revolution-that-wasn’t-a-revolution that took place at Chelsea, Hudson-Odoi was set to be a feature member of Frank Lampard’s youth revolution. Instead, he’s cut the figure of an afterthought, featuring just 15 times in the league and starting nine games.

Remember: Chelsea turned down a £70 million from Bayern Munich last summer before inking the player to a long-term extension. It’s hardly a fall from grace, but it is certainly indicative of some kind of issue.

Hudson-Odoi’s season has been defined as much by off-pitch controversy as on-pitch excellence. “I pick players on how they train daily and what they can give us,” Lampard said in reference to Hudson-Odoi’s lack of match time. “It’s the same as every other player. I’ve spoken about Callum a lot, he needs to keep training at the highest level.”

The Hudson-Odoi-Lampard marriage has been a funky one, despite the teenager spurning Bayern to play under the former Chelsea legend. Hudson-Odoi was at his best under Sarri when he played on the right and played on the move, up and driving at defenders.

Under Lampard, he has moved across to the left. And although his average position has crept forward, he’s done most of his work heading backwards:

He has become more of a facilitator, an on-ball creator, than a dribble-and-drive wide-player. He’s touching the ball more, but being used to help recycle and sustain possession. That little burst, that beat-a-man-and-go thing that made him look like such a talent has steadily declined.

Compare Hudson-Odoi’s earlier passing network and positional average to that from his run under Sarri:

You can see those pick-up-the-ball-and-go drives. Those unnerve defenders. He was touching the ball less but what more efficient when he did get the ball. He shuttled backwards and forwards and then drove, on the angle, towards the goal. Under Lampard, we’ve seen the inverse: shuffling forwards in a straight line and driving back in order to find the ball.

Perhaps this is the natural ebb and flow of a career, or perhaps it’s the case of a manager not quite fancying a player (due to his work ethic in training or his fit within his system) the way the club or another club does. That happens all the time.

It leaves Hudson-Odoi in a precarious position. Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, and (possibly) Kai Havertz are all on their way to Stamford Bridge; all have been hand-selected by the manager to fit his style. Stick those three alongside Olivier Giroud, Willian, and Christian Pulisic, Hudson-Odoi, and someone is going to get left out.

There is potential here for another team to swoop. Perhaps Bayern still view Hudson-Odoi as a Jadon Sancho type signing, the highly-touted youngster who flees a big-name Premier League time in order to find first-team football. Sancho has proven it; Hudson-Odoi hasn’t quite yet. But while Sancho is slated to cost £120 million Hudson-Odoi is likely available for far cheaper.

Chelsea turned down £70 million last summer. What would they take now? £50 million? That still feels high. What if they need to raise funds to sign a centre-back, left-back and goalkeeper? Would they take £40 million? Now you’re hitting the Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain range.

Liverpool need an extra wide-forward option. Hudson-Odoi is a young player who fits Liverpool’s age profile and Jurgen Klopp’s style: he’s at his best in isolate-and-attack, go-go systems.

On average, Mo Salah and Sadio Mané touch the ball just 30 times a game. But when they do, they get it in excellent positions to do something now . From there, they flourish. And that’s the kind of system Hudson-Odoi needs — not one where he’s returning back to his fullback and constantly heading back towards the ball. He needs to play wide right as a classic winger or sit on the shoulder as one of that poachers-masquerading-as-a-wide-forward.

As Chelsea continue to splurge in the transfer market, Hudson-Odoi will be one to keep an eye on.

Source: Published by liverpool

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Lawal Oladimeji
Lawal Oladimeji
4 days ago

Nice one 👍👍

Faith Osaghae
Faith Osaghae
4 days ago

Interesting

Chidimma queen
Chidimma queen
4 days ago

Really

Adegoke Azeez Adedamola
Adegoke Azeez Adedamola
4 days ago

Transfer sp

Daniel Simon
Daniel Simon
4 days ago

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AdeyemI Sunday
AdeyemI Sunday
4 days ago

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Okomor Allen
Okomor Allen
3 days ago

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Samuel Naasor
Samuel Naasor
3 days ago

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Okafor stella
3 days ago

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Onyemechi Francis uche
Onyemechi Francis uche
3 days ago

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Okomor Allen
Okomor Allen
3 days ago

Right decision

ossai kingsley Collins
ossai kingsley Collins
3 days ago

good advice

NwakasiIkenna
NwakasiIkenna
3 days ago

Odoi will do well at Liverpool

Juliet Success
Juliet Success
3 days ago

Nice one

Monday Antai
Monday Antai
3 days ago

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Monday Antai
Monday Antai
3 days ago

Interesting

Isaac Akusuk
Isaac Akusuk
3 days ago

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Davidudeze
Davidudeze
3 days ago

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ikechukwu
3 days ago

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Samuel aniedi
Samuel aniedi
3 days ago

Nice one

Odudu eseoghene
Odudu eseoghene
3 days ago

Liverpool already has established team

Jonah Ihotuowoicho Sunday
Jonah Ihotuowoicho Sunday
2 days ago

Hudson-Odoi will be a great player for Liverpool

Felix Okorie
Felix Okorie
2 days ago

Ok ooo. We’re following

Andemah jairus
Andemah jairus
2 days ago

Good decision

Gabriel Eluare.
Gabriel Eluare.
2 days ago

Its all opinion