Callum Hudson-Odoi of Chelsea football club is wondering if he is a superstar in his ancestral home Ghana after he disclosed that a picture was sent to him showing his image on a commercial bus in Ghana.
The 20-year-old Ghanaian born England left-winger said he was told that things are being named after him in Ghana and hoped that more of that would continue.
He also stressed the need for him to keep doing his best at Chelsea so that through him, there could be more Chelsea’s shirts across the streets of Ghana even though he is passionately looking forward to representing the England national team at the forthcoming European Championship.
Callum Hudson-Odoi became eligible to play for Ghana and England because he was born in England to a Ghanaian father, Bismark Odoi. Just like the Chelsea’s left-winger, Bismark Odoi used to be a footballer who went as far as playing for Ghana Premier League club Hearts of Oak which is based in the country’s capital Accra.
In the same vein, Callum Hudson-Odoi’s elder brother Bradley Hudson-Odoi is into football but he has not been fortunate like Callum. Bradley is still a non-League striker and he has not been noticed by both Ghana national team and England national team.
Unlike his elder brother, Callum has been enjoying the best of professional football since January 1, 2019, when he gained promotion to Chelsea senior team from the club’s football academy. Though he has not been enjoying as much good time as he expected, he has already made three senior team appearances for the Three Lions of England and he is expecting to be among the players England head coach Gareth Southgate will select for the forthcoming Euros.
His priority is not just to break into Southgate’s team which he has not been a regular feature in due to his inconsistency at Chelsea, he also wants to make a name for himself that Ghanaians can associate with and celebrate.
“My family back at home, they watch all the games,” Callum Hudson-Odoi told Sky Sports. “They highlight certain things that I can improve on and get better at. I always speak to the coach and the manager, but I’ve had a lot of family helping me too.
“I don’t know if I’m big time [in Ghana]. I have received some things, they did name some things after me. I saw a bus – it had a picture of my face on it!
“I’m always remaining humble. I’m glad they did that for me but the hard work carries on. Hopefully, more stuff will be named after me over there one day. It’s nice to hear there are people over there supporting [me].
“Hopefully there will be a few more Chelsea shirts over there one day too.”
So far this season, Callum Hudson-Odoi has made 8 Premier League appearances for Chelsea in which he scored 2 goals and provided 1 assist. He has made a total of 16 appearances in all competitions so far this season, scoring 5 goals and provided 2 assists.
In the last four games in all competitions, Callum showed Chelsea’s coach Frank Lampard what he is capable of doing by scoring two goals and providing two assists.
Job done!! Solid team performance , ⚽️+🅰️, on to the next game🤝 pic.twitter.com/lbpbYUCUGw— Callum Hudson-Odoi (@Calteck10) January 10, 2021
His current form has continued to attract the attention of German Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich but it is not looking like Chelsea are ready to let him go. He has over three years left on his contract with the London club.