After 18 months away from England’s top flight, the 22-year-old Chelsea midfielder Callum Hudson-Odoi returned with a bang. Following his loan spell at Bayer Leverkusen, Hudson-Odoi made his debut for Nottingham Forest and impressed with a brilliant curling goal, equalizing the score after Burnley’s Zeki Amdouni had put them ahead.
Hudson-Odoi is now reunited with manager Steve Cooper, who previously coached him during the England Under-17 World Cup victory. This move gives England boss Gareth Southgate hope that Cooper can bring out the best in Hudson-Odoi, who has not been utilized since 2019 and is considering switching his national team allegiance to Ghana.
Burnley managed to salvage a point in the match, ending their three-game losing streak. However, they may feel slightly disappointed not to have secured a victory, as they were denied a late winning goal by VAR. The team also finished the game with 10 men after Lyle Foster received a red card for elbowing Ryan Yates.
At the start of the match, Nottingham Forest, featuring debuts from Hudson-Odoi and Ibrahim Sangare, showed great pace on the counter-attacks, causing problems for Burnley. Hudson-Odoi, playing his first Premier League match since January 2022, looked dangerous and almost scored with a shot that was blocked after cutting inside from the left.
In the 16th minute, Hudson-Odoi came close to scoring as Taiwo Awoniyi set him up for a shot from 20 yards, which was saved by Burnley goalkeeper James Trafford. As the game progressed, Burnley started to find their rhythm and had their own opportunities to score.
It was in the 41st minute that Burnley took the lead, with Luca Koleosho beating Joe Worrall down the left and setting up Amdouni for a goal into the bottom corner. However, Hudson-Odoi brought the City Ground back to life with a stunning curling effort just after the hour mark, with an assist from Awoniyi. The goal survived a VAR check.
Burnley’s luck with VAR did not improve, as they had a goal ruled out in the 76th minute due to Sander Berge’s handball assist to Foster. The visitors were denied a victory. To make matters worse, Foster received a red card in added time after VAR review, following an elbow on Yates.
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