Liverpool have been nothing but precise with their transfer dealing in recent seasons. Michael Edwards has steered The Reds through the stormy waters of inflated fees and egos, only bringing in the best value targets. This time last season Liverpool were linked with Callum Hudson-Odoi, so what happened?
Callum Hudson-Odoi is undoubtedly one of the hottest prospects in England at the minute.
The 19-year-old winger has been impressing at every turn for Chelsea.
This time last season there was much speculation about the teenager’s future at Stamford Bridge.
He was consistently demonstrating his talent but wasn’t being given enough chances in the first team according to fans (and likely the player himself).
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In last season’s Europa League the youngster netted four goals and bagged two assists in four starts and five substitute appearances – earning an average rating of 7.6 from WhoScored.
This time last year Bild reported that Liverpool were very keen on snapping up Hudson-Odoi, with the teenager’s contract set to expire in the (then) near future.
In September 2019 the winger put pen to paper on a new five year contract worth over £100k a week.
Undoubtedly his chances of securing a move away were dashed by a serious injury which saw him miss five months of action.
Encouraged by Frank Lampard’s policy of giving youth a chance he may feel let down by the lack of opportunities afforded him this season – he has made only seven starts in the league.
Michael Edwards may feel vindicated for not pursuing Hudson-Odoi further, after recovering from his achilles injury he has is set to miss at least two months of action with a hamstring action he picked up in February.
He certainly has a bright future but we look to have made the right call, we wouldn’t want to have spent a large fee on a player that can’t stay fit.