Billed as one of the most exciting prospects on both the pitch for Chelsea and on Football INDEX, Callum Hudson-Odoi's recent unfortunate injury has curtailed progress for both of them. With news that his ruptured Achilles tendon could keep him on the sidelines for at least 4 months. This would rule out Hudson-Odoi from the start of next season and will no doubt hamper his flourishing career.
The injury has caused a further twist in the youngster's transfer situation, having been the subject of several high profile bids from Bayern Munich in January and had been expected to continue their interest in the summer. With just 15 months left on his Blue's contract, there will undoubtedly be a lot riding on how soon he can make his comeback both for Chelsea and the player.
The injury also comes just as Hudson-Odoi was finally being given the chance to make an impact at Stamford Bridge, with coach Sarri being unable to resist putting him in the starting 11 in recent games. With 5 goals netted this season during his sporadic appearances, he also made his England debut in March.
Naturally, the reaction by traders on Football INDEX to the injury news was to try and sell as quickly as possible, which saw a tremendous fall in value over the subsequent 24 hours. Beginning the match at £4.59 a share, he plummeted to a low point of £3.18 - a drop of £1.41. For those that still think in pre-share split prices, that would have amounted to a drop of £4.23 - something we haven't seen on Football INDEX for quite some time.
We've seen injuries cause drops in player values in recent times - Harry Kane's recent ankle injury for example, but nothing of the magnitude seen in Hudson-Odoi. Of course, that isn't without reason - several in fact.
Most obvious is the length of the injury with no set return date and a ruptured Achilles tendon being notoriously difficult to recover from. Whilst Hudson-Odoi is expected to make a full recovery, it cannot be said for sure that he will be back at 100%.
The other aspect is of the aforementioned potential transfer speculation. A fair proportion of Hudson-Odoi's value on Football INDEX was down to a potential high profile move to Bayern Munich. With several similarities to the career of Jadon Sancho following his transfer to Borussia Dortmund, traders had naturally compared the two and thus seen them as a similar value.
What is interesting to see is that traders are already buying back into the player. After recovering slightly on the day, he's now trading at £3.43. We've seen similar buying patterns to this before with Kevin De Bruyne springing to mind. The rationale is understandable: The player has dropped to a value that previously traders would not have expected to ever see available again. Thus buying in on the drop and waiting for the inevitable rise is a perfectly sound trading method.
If you can afford to have money tied up for a somewhat lengthy period of time, it would actually seem to be a relatively safe investment, even if there are a few more peaks and troughs along the way.
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