A PICTURE has emerged showing Chelsea star Callum Hudson-Odoi as a starry-eyed schoolboy celebrating a goal with Samuel Eto’o.
Hudson-Odoi is now a first team star and England international after a stunning debut season in the Premier League and on the verge of signing a new £200,000-a-week deal.
But while he was just a promising young hopeful trying to impress at the Chelsea academy, he had to fulfil duties as a ball-boy at Stamford Bridge.
And the photo that has come to light shows the dazzling winger was every bit the star-struck youngster as those who idolise him nowadays.
It shows the South London-born player, now 18, celebrating with Eto’o after scoring a goal in a match against Manchester United in 2014.
Cameroon star Eto’o had just struck the final goal in his hat-trick in the 3-1 win over United, and ran behind the net to greet the nearest ball-boy and the fans.
And that ball-boy was a young Hudson-Odoi, wide-eyed in amazement as one of his heroes celebrated with him.
By that point, he had already been training with the club for six years – and was soon pushed through into the youth team where he shone.
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And his meteoric rise continued last season as he impressed so much in rare opportunities from Maurizio Sarri to earn an England call-up.
His progress was halted by an Achilles injury which ended his season, but Hudson-Odoi has now resumed training as he nears a return to full fitness.
The hope is he could be back in contention for a first team role after the September international break.
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