Hudson-Odoi aiming to score more goals for Chelsea

Callum Hudson-Odoi has been enjoying a great run in the team since Thomas Tuchel’s arrival, as the German has continued to deploy the midfielder in a wing-back role. The Chelsea midfielder has put in some impressive performances in the recent games as the Blues continue their unbeaten run under Tuchel.

On playing as a wing-back

Speaking to Chelsea’s official website, Hudson-Odoi admitted it’s a challenge for to play as a wing-back, and said “It was obviously a different role for me and something new I hadn’t experienced before but I saw it as a challenge.

It’s something that I know I’m capable of doing. If it’s offensively, I can use my abilities to do that going forward, but defensively as well now I’ve got to be more aware because I’m not playing as a winger.”

I’m playing wing-back so I have to get back much more. It has definitely been a good experience for me to learn a new position as well under the manager and it’s going well for me. I actually enjoy playing there – it’s not a bad thing for me. I really enjoy it so hopefully I can keep improving and hopefully keep doing well there.

It had never really crossed my mind before. Whenever I’ve played in teams with five at the back, I’ve always played as one of the number 10s, in a winger position or behind the striker. I’ve never played wing-back or thought about playing there so getting told I was going to play there was certainly something new to me but the manager helped me really well.

He was explaining stuff, how to play that position, the things to do going forward and coming back, which was really helpful for me to get ready for the game. I watched some clips with him as well before the game to understand the positioning a bit so it helped me a lot and it was good to play there.”

On scoring more goals

Having scored a lot of goals during his academy days, the England international said he is trying to replicate it with Chelsea this season. The midfielder added ” I feel especially playing as a wing-back or in a winger’s position, you want to be getting to the back post and getting those tap-ins.

Every goal counts at the end of the day so no matter what it is, you want to be getting on the scoresheet or getting assists and helping the team as much as possible.

I’ve said to myself that whenever I’m around the box, I want to be more clinical and more ruthless, take my chances when they come and hopefully hit the back of the net more often. The tap-ins are the best ones to get at the back post on the blindside of the defender.

I haven’t set a specific target for myself but I just try to score as many as possible. It’s good to know we’ve got the players around who are capable of getting the ball into the back post as well for those tap-ins or finding cutbacks or playing crucial passes to get you in on goal. I’ve just got to make sure I keep getting in those positions to try and get a shot away and hopefully that goes in the back of the net.

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