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Hudson-Odoi showing signs of why Chelsea and Bayern Munich went to war for winger


Callum Hudson-Odoi has endured an inconsistent time since his return from a long-term injury, but he delivered a glimpse of his wonderkid promise against Nottingham Forest on the first anniversary of Chelsea almost losing the winger to Bayern Munich .


It was the England international’s first goal since late September when he netted against Grimsby Town in the Carabao Cup on his first appearance since suffering a serious Achilles injury against Burnley in April.


During the period between his two goals this season, Hudson-Odoi has struggled to force his way into Lampard’s starting line-up on a regular basis, but his performance against Forest offered positive signs for the future.


His sixth-minute opener was a brilliant effort and he dazzled with his wing play when setting up Ross Barkley for the second goal, while he was close to providing a couple more assists later in the game.


Lampard has shown both tough love while also putting an arm around Hudson-Odoi's shoulder to help him through the injury period, while his assistants, Jody Morris and Joe Edwards, know him even better from coaching him at youth level.


But after ending a 19-game goal drought, he now has something to build on as he bids to show that the tug-of-war between two of Europe's top clubs for his signature was a valid battle for a genuine talent.






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