Leeds’ sale of Clarke Oduor fails to make much sense

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Leeds transfer window was one full of negativity. That’s perhaps putting it lightly too.

Their fans were quick to voice concerns over their defence and injuries whilst the fact Kemar Roofe departed for Anderlecht only made things worse.

Yet, there are reasons to be positive, especially after beating two Championship rivals to the loan signing of Eddie Nketiah.

Illan Meslier also looks like a promising addition and could end up providing competition for Kiko Casilla.

It wasn’t a frenetic deadline day but there were both incomings and outgoings for the Whites.

Tom Pearce left for Wigan on a permanent deal but it’s the sale of Clarke Oduor that raises the biggest question marks.

It’s important to recognise the fact that it’s unlikely he’d have had a large impact this season but the point remains that he had a bright future.

After all, this is a player Phil Hay claims was talked about as one to make a first-team breakthrough in 2019/20.

Oduor came into the current term with a solitary senior team appearance to his name, albeit that was only three minutes from the bench in the FA Cup.

That doesn’t say a lot about his quality but the versatile 20-year-old could have had an impact going forward.

The youngster only signed a new deal back in February so this quick u-turn from Leeds is somewhat bizarre.

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If you consider the bigger picture it doesn’t make too much sense.

Oduor is a wide player and the club do have plenty of options both at left-back and in more attacking areas, two roles he can undertake but letting him go permanently is a strange decision.

Leeds have been under slight pressure to stay within the profit and sustainability rules, something that saw them sell Pontus Jansson, but Oduor’s departure is unlikely to have too big a say on that.

Given the player’s potential, perhaps a loan deal would have made more sense on deadline day.

It surely would have suited all parties too. It would have given the wide man a chance to gain first-team minutes whilst still maintaining a future at Elland Road.

Instead, he’ll now ply his trade elsewhere.

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