Graham Potter wants Callum Hudson-odoi back from Bayer Leverkusen

Graham Potter wants to recall a Chelsea loanee left out by Thomas Tuchel to give him another chance at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues had a whole summer planning under Tuchel as players left the club and others joined, with Todd Boehly spending heavily in his first transfer window as owner.

All plans from the summer fell through when, following the Champions League defeat to Dinamo Zagreb, the new owner decided to sack Tuchel just weeks into the season.

Chelsea manager Graham Potter gives instructions to Jorginho. (Alamy)

However, it is expected that January will also see Potter receiving a sizeable budget to put his own players to work.

Potter is also keen to work with a player who Tuchel didn’t want at the club as former Brighton boss Callum Hudson-odoi wants to bring him back from his loan.

German socket picture The striker, who joined Bayer Leverkusen temporarily in the summer, is a big fan of the new coach, claiming he even wanted to take him to the south coast before moving to Germany.

Hudson-odoi is now at Leverkusen.  Image: Alamy
Hudson-odoi is now at Leverkusen. Image: Alamy

Hudson-odoi made his first-team debut in 2018 and quickly made a splash under Maurizio Sarri, piquing interest from Bayern Munich.

The west London club fought hard to keep him at Stamford Bridge back then but his shares fell under subsequent managers and that was most likely to be the case under Tuchel.

Last season he played as a full-back so it’s no wonder he wanted to leave the club in the summer.

Hudson-Odoi on Chelsea's pre-season tour.  Image: Alamy
Hudson-Odoi on Chelsea’s pre-season tour. Image: Alamy

Speaking to the Mail this week, Hudson-odoi said: “It was one of those difficult moments where you look at yourself and you’re like, ‘What am I doing wrong? Did I do something wrong to not even be in the squad?’

“I would never say anything bad about Thomas, he was a good guy, a good manager. [But] The first game of the season was frustrating. Any footballer not in the squad would understand how frustrating that is.

“Regular football gives you consistency and the more games you play the more consistent you become, the more form you get. You feel fresher, you feel better, you feel… not that you are being treated fairly, but that you have the manager’s confidence to push and cheer you on.

“You don’t want to sit on the bench and think, ‘Why don’t I play?’ And then it’s going to be weeks and weeks and your legs will rust when you play. The most important thing is consistent football. I get that here and it makes me feel better.”

It remains to be seen if he wants to go back to try his luck under the new manager or prefer to stay in Germany until the end of the season.

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