Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi has been named on the shortlist for the first Checkatrade Trophy Player of the Round award.

The 17-year-old bagged a brace as Chelsea’s U23s side drew 2-2 at Plymouth in the reworked Football League Trophy which, since last season, has involved category one development squads from the top two tiers of English football. 

The shortlist, selected by an ‘independent football expert’, is made up of five players from the first round, with the Blues midfielder the only player from a development side named on the list.

Hudson-Odoi has been named alongside Oxford United’s Rob Hall, Bradford City’s Jacob Hanson, Rochdale’s Bradden Inman and Bristol Rovers man Dominic Telford.

Fans have until 9am on Tuesday 26th September to register their votes for the inaugural award. The two players with the most votes will then be considered by a judging panel consisting of representatives from the EFL, before the overall winner is revealed on Monday 2 October.  

Every fan who votes will be entered into a prize draw, with one lucky supporter getting the chance to present the Checkatrade Trophy Player of the Round award to the winning player and win tickets to the final of the competition at Wembley in April.