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Callum Hudson-Odoi wins Young Player of the Year and Conor Gallagher picks up Academy prize

Young Player Of The Year: Hudson-Odoi

Callum Hudson-Odoi has tonight been named the Chelsea Young Player of the Year after an excellent breakthrough season at Stamford Bridge.

The 18-year-old made 24 appearances for the Blues before his campaign was curtailed by an Achilles injury which he is currently recovering from. Hudson-Odoi’s pace, skill and fearlessness out on the wing belied his tender years and he never looked out of place in a Chelsea team striving for honours on different fronts.

'I’m really happy to win the award,' said Hudson-Odoi.

'The season has gone really well. Every time I have played I have felt more confident and enjoyed it. As soon as I got the opportunity to be involved I felt I had to stay in it and keep going and going. I have just got to keep working hard and hopefully more opportunities will come.'

Hudson-Odoi netted five goals and by the point of his injury had started four consecutive Premier League matches, evidence of his importance to Maurizio Sarri and the squad.

It was not only in club football that Hudson-Odoi’s star shone. In a few days in March he was called up to England’s Under-21 squad for the first time, and then very quickly promoted to the senior side. When he came on in a Euro 2020 qualifier against Czech Republic, he became the youngest Chelsea player to represent England.

A few days later he started for the Three Lions in a qualifying win in Montenegro, registering an assist for his Chelsea team-mate Ross Barkley.

He is currently recovering after surgery on his Achilles tendon and we hope to see him back in blue before long. Congratulations, Callum!

Chelsea Academy Player of the Year

Conor Gallagher picked up the award recognising achievement while playing for our Academy teams following a stellar season. The 19-year-old midfielder was a regular for our development squad and missed just one game as our Under-19s reached the UEFA Youth League final for the second year running, while two memorable strikes against Arsenal and Liverpool in Premier League 2 were among his goalscoring exploits this term. On the international stage, the 2017 Under-17 World Cup-winner stepped up to the Under-19 age group with England.

‘I’m delighted to win this award,’ beamed Gallagher. ‘It’s been a season of ups and downs for me and the team, but I’ve worked hard and I’m delighted.

‘It’s great to see the likes of Ethan and Callum,’ he added when asked about the pathway to the first team. 'I’ve played with them in the Academy. it shows we are not that far away. If we keep working hard anything can happen.'

Chelsea Young Player of the Year

1983 Keith Dublin
1984 Robert Isaac
1985 Gareth Hall
1986 Micky Bodley
1987 Jason Cundy
1988 Eddie Cunnington
1989 No award
1990 No award
1991 Andy Myers
1992 Zeke Rowe
1993 Neil Shipperley
1994 Mark Nicholls
1995 Chris McCann
1996 Jody Morris
1997 Nick Crittenden
1998 John Terry
1999 Sam Dalla Bona
2000 Rhys Evans
2001 Leon Knight
2002 Carlton Cole
2003 Robert Huth
2004 Robert Huth
2005 Robert Huth
2006 Lassana Diarra
2007 John Mikel Obi
2008 The U18s youth team
2009 Michael Mancienne
2010 The U18s youth team
2011 Josh McEachran
2012 Lucas Piazon
2013 Nathan Ake
2014 Lewis Baker
2015 Kurt Zouma
2016 Ruben Loftus-Cheek
2017 No award
2018 Andreas Christensen
2019 Callum Hudson-Odoi

Chelsea Academy Player of the Year

2015 Dominic Solanke
2016 Fikayo Tomori
2017 Mason Mount
2018 Reece James
2019 Conor Gallager

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