Callum Hudson-Odoi, the new Nottingham Forest recruit, has explained what Steve Cooper has said to him.
The winger joined Forest from Chelsea on transfer deadline day and is well-known to the Forest manager.
Cooper was in charge of England’s under-17 team when they won the World Cup in 2017.
Hudson-Odoi was a key member of that squad, and when the option to join Forest presented, he jumped at it.
After joining the Reds, the 22-year-old explained what Cooper has always said to him and continues to say to him.
Hudson-Odoi told The Telegraph: “Don’t be boring! He’s been saying it to me for as long as I can remember. ‘Take risks, don’t let anything hold you back and be yourself. Create problems every time you’re on the ball.’
“You want to have that freedom to do your stuff, whether it’s scoring or creating goals for the team. That’s what I want, to excite the crowd.”
Hudson-Odoi could thrive under Cooper at Forest
It’s fair to say that this looks like a match made in heaven. If Hudson-Odoi can stay fit and play regularly, he could star under Cooper.
One of the best attributes that Forest currently have as a club is Cooper. He has taken the City Ground by storm and he’s a quality head coach.
Hudson-Odoi may now be granted a respite. He has the opportunity to reinvent himself at Forest and will be eager to get started.
Hudson-Odoi, at 22, still has a lot of untapped potential, and Cooper will hopefully be able to bring out the best in him at Forest.