Borussia Dortmund are targeting Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi for a late window swoop. The youngster is interested in the move but Chelsea and Thomas Tuchel will decide. While CHO remains a great prospect, he has found game time hard at Chelsea. He has been playing second fiddle in a host of positions. When he got his chance in the UEFA Super Cup, he was tepid and uninspiring against the Europa League champions. Immediately Thomas Tuchel sent him back to the bench for the game against Crystal Palace. This is the problem the 20-year-old faces. There is no consistency to the game time making it difficult for him to develop.
Borussia Dortmund have a Jadon Sancho-shaped hole in their squad and CHO might be one of the most similar players to Sancho in the world. They both prefer operating from the left where they are primarily creators. Dortmund have struggled to get going under Marco Rose. They won their DFB-Pokal season-opening tie before dispatching Eintracht Frankfurt in the first Bundesliga week. BVB have since lost to Freiburg in the Bundesliga and Bayern Munich in the German Super Cup. This week they needed a dying minute goal from Erling Haaland to get past Hoffenheim. Donyell Malen has struggled to get going while Giovanni Reyna remains inconsistent. CHO will be an interesting addition.
One might be surprised that BVB are targeting a winger instead of defensive reinforcements. Mats Hummels is expected to still be out for a while. Axel Witsel has been forced to play in central defense. The technically-savvy but physically questionable Mahmoud Dahoud is expected to hold in midfield. Witsel is also rumored to be a target for Juventus. Another central midfielder Thomas Delaney departed for Sevilla this week. Dortmund should be targeting a defensive midfielder to pair with Jude Bellingham while Dahoud comes off the bench. They should also be looking to bring in a defensive partner for Manuel Akanji.
They should also look into signing a right-back to replace Felix Passlack who continues to be a disaster defensively. Passlack alone was responsible for five dangerous situations caused by Bayern Munich. He was giving the ball away, defending shoddy, and was showing inept positioning. These positions should be a priority for BVB and not the wings. This is not to say that this marriage could not work. CHO needs consistent time on the pitch. He could get it by replacing his long-time pal and U17 teammate Sancho.
CHO rejected an Under-21 call-up from Lee Carsley. He told his new boss that he wants to fight for his position at Chelsea. His Chelsea boss questioned his decision alluding that he needs as much game time as possible. There is a rumor that CHO will choose to play for Ghana where his parents hail from originally.