“I think it’s added more to my defensive side,” Callum Hudson-Odoi told the official Chelsea website when asked how playing at wing-back impacted him as a player.
“Playing wing-back is more defensive-minded, so you have to judge when to lunge in for a tackle, not just recklessly going in, or making sure you’re in the right position when you’re covering for a team-mate, or if you’re one-on-one against an attacker you just have to make sure you stand your ground and show him outside or inside where there’s more bodies.
“For myself, it’s definitely added a defensive side to my game and it helps as well, especially if you’re playing higher up the pitch, for the pressing side and knowing how to defend from the front. So it’s definitely good.”
Callum Hudson-Odoi broke through to Chelsea’s first side as an exciting, explosive wonger. Under Thomas Tuchel, however, he has played at wing-back as often as further forward.
Playing in deeper positions may have compacted his numbers – he only has three goals and four assists in 25 games – but, hopefully, it does make him a better player in the long term.