Incredible snap emerges of 13-year-old Hudson-Odoi celebrating Eto’o hat-trick for Chelsea against Man Utd in 2014

By | 22nd August 2019

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.

Samuel Eto'o celebrates with a 13-year-old Callum Hudson-Odoi who was a Chelsea ball-boy
Samuel Eto’o celebrates with a 13-year-old Callum Hudson-Odoi who was a Chelsea ball-boy
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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.


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.

Callum Hudson-Odoi has returned to full training after recovering from an Achilles injury
Callum Hudson-Odoi has returned to full training after recovering from an Achilles injury
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This post written by Duncan Wright originally appeared on Football news - transfers, fixtures, scores, pictures | The Sun. Read the full post here.

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