Sheffield Wednesday boss Garry Monk may have completed a full U-turn over one member of his Owls squad in recent weeks, his recent comments would certainly suggest that.
The Owls drew 0-0 to Millwall at the weekend with Moses Odubajo filling in a left-back for the injured Morgan Fox, making it two successive starts for the formerly cast off defender.
Early in the January transfer window, the Sheffield Star revealed that the 26-year-old had been told he was free to leave the club after a spell of eight games on the sidelines.
Although Monk’s stance appears to have changed, speaking this week, he said:
“He’s been training hard and that’s your job as a professional footballer, to be ready. The door is never closed for anyone, your performances will dictate what your opportunities are and he’s done very well.”
Garry Monk, Owls boss.
Odubajo was signed in the summer by his former Hull City boss Steve Bruce but never got to play under the 59-year-old as he soon acrimoniously departed for the Newcastle United job on the eve of pre-season.
He went on to start four of the first six league games under caretaker boss Lee Bullen before Monk took the helm in September.
The right-back was then named in the starting XI for his opening five matches in charge before being dropped to the bench for the next six games, and the same occurred later on in the season after he picked up a red card against Derby County.
A run of four straight starts was ended through suspension, but upon his return, Monk seemingly lost faith in Odubajo as he didn’t play any of their next eight matches.
However, it appears he has been given a second chance, one that you’d imagine is last chance saloon if The Star’s report is to be believed – although so far he appears to be taking his surprise opportunity.
Odubajo will need to keep it up if he is to have a future under Monk at Hillsborough, especially after the breakthrough of academy starlet Osaze Urhoghide, in addition to having Scotland international Liam Palmer as a first-choice right-back.
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