Newcastle should try to sign Callum Hudson-Odoi this summer - opinion

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Newcastle should try to sign Callum Hudson-Odoi this summer - opinion

Newcastle United need to sign a right winger this summer, so should perhaps take a look at Callum Hudson-Odoi.

The Chelsea youngster has returned to pre-season training early, as he looks to bounce back after spending most of 2022 out injured.

The 21-year-old hasn’t played since early March, with his last appearance coming in the FA Cup fifth round victory over Luton. He’s since suffered with an Achilles problem, but is back in training ahead of the new Premier League season.

However, his chances in a Chelsea shirt might be limited amid goings on behind the scenes at Stamford Bridge.

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Chelsea looking to sign Raphinha and Raheem Sterling

Following the change of ownership, Chelsea are looking to make a splash in the transfer market.

Thomas Tuchel is trying to add Raheem Sterling to his attack. The England forward would be an incredible signing from Manchester City.

But Chelsea aren’t done there. They are also trying to land Leeds United star Raphinha.

The Brazilian has been linked with multiple Premier League clubs, including Newcastle, but it looks like Chelsea are set to win the race.

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According to the Athletic, the Blues are close to agreeing a fee for Raphinha. They add that he will cost more than £55million.

That figure would have made him Newcastle’s most expensive signing ever, and sums up why he isn’t coming to St James’ Park.

However, a move for Raphinha to Chelsea could open another door for Eddie Howe’s side.

Newcastle should move for Hudson-Odoi

The Magpies are in the market for a winger this summer, with talk of moves for Moussa Diaby and the aforementioned Raphinha.

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The latter could be on his way to Chelsea, while the former may prove to be too expensive.

Newcastle may therefore need to look elsewhere, and Hudson-Odoi could be a really good option. With new signings arriving at Stamford Bridge, he may struggle to get the football he needs.

He played a fair bit last season when fit, but that feels unlikely to continue if Sterling and Raphinha join. Tuchel is a big fan of Hudson-Odoi, calling him ‘very talented‘ last year, but is now looking for more forward options.

Hudson-Odoi may need to go elsewhere for first-team football, and where better than Newcastle right now?

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The Magpies are a club on the up, going in the right direction since the change of ownership.

New signings have thrived in black and white, and Hudson-Odoi could do the same. He needs somewhere that he can grow more as a player, and St James’ Park could be the perfect place.

Capable of playing on the right of left, Hudson-Odoi is the type of winger who Callum Wilson would love to play with. He provided six assists in all competitions last season for Chelsea, which is more than any Newcastle player managed.

Whether it’s on loan or permanent, Newcastle should consider making a move for Callum Hudson-Odoi this summer.

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