After a disappointing previous season that saw them get relegated to League One from the Championship, Sheffield Wednesday had a busy summer transfer window bringing in a number of new players on free transfers and loan deals.
One player that Wednesday signed on a temporary deal over the summer from Championship club Queens Park Rangers was 24-year-old winger Olamide Shodipo.
With 14 appearances for the Yorkshire club under his belt but just six starts across all competitions, Shodipo has failed to score a goal or provide an assist, which is incredibly disappointing for all parties and not what anyone would have been hoping for when he arrived at Wednesday.
In the ten league games he’s played in, Shodipo has only managed to rack up an average of 0.9 shots per game and 0.4 key passes per game, exposing just how little attacking impact he’s had on the team so far this season and that he may not be ready to play regularly at this level yet.
In a recent Q&A with Yorkshire Live, Wednesday journalist Dom Howson said that he would not be surprised if QPR recalled their player in the upcoming January transfer window and then loaned him out to a club where he would potentially get more minutes.
With Wednesday recently signing winger Nathaniel Mendez-Laing after he left Middlesbrough over the summer, this would presumably only put Shodipo’s chances of playing regularly throughout the rest of the season in doubt.
With that in mind, it seems as though the best option for all parties would be to bring Shodipo’s time at Wednesday to an end in January and hope that his next step will be one that would be more suitable for his career development where he would get regular playing time to show QPR what he’s made of.
If Shodipo does leave Wednesday in January, Darren Moore and everyone else at the club will have to hope that Mendez-Laing’s vast experience of playing in English football will have more of an influence and attacking presence in the team than Shodipo has so far this season as they aim to win promotion back to the Championship.