Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi has shared his pre-season preparation which could help him cement his place in his preferred position under Thomas Tuchel.
The 21-year-old missed 14 consecutive games during his two-month absence with an Achilles tendon injury in the second half of last season.
As a result, he made just 11 Premier League starts last season and played his last game of the season in the FA Cup fifth round win over Luton Town in early March.
Hudson-Odoi is understandably hungry for more action ahead of the 2022/23 season and is looking forward to more chances in his preferred left-winger position.
“I want to play as much as possible,” the young winger told Chelsea’s official website.
“Regular football brings out consistency, so I just want to keep playing and playing as much as possible.
“Playing these 10 out of 11 games [between January and March] in my favorite position on the left side has been huge for me because that’s where I know I can be at my best and do what I do as much as possible.
Hudson-Odoi several weeks ahead of others in preparation for new season
Hudson-Odoi isn’t just waiting for Tuchel to give him the opportunity as he has been working hard in the gym to improve his chances.
“My main goal this summer and throughout the season is to be stronger,” he explained.
“There were times in the season last year when I was running with the ball and I felt like I could blow myself up or I’m not as strong as I thought I was.
“I put more muscle in training to make sure I get bigger, so when opponents come I know I’m strong enough to hold them off, or I won’t get blown up, and I can barge – them instead.
The Chelsea academy graduate also added that he only had a week’s break this summer and had been preparing for the new season for five or six weeks.
Obviously, he will still face competition from Christian Pulisic, Timo Werner, Mason Mount or perhaps even potential new signings, like Raheem Sterling, who is reportedly close to joining Chelsea.
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