Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Fisayo Dele-Bashiru has started to realise his potential in Darren Moore’s side and the Owls manager must look to tie him down to a new contract at Hillsborough.
The 21-year-old midfielder joined Sheffield Wednesday from Manchester City in the summer of 2020 and has gone on to make 59 appearances for the club, in which he has contributed six goals and three assists.
Five of those goals and two of the assists have come in just 14 appearances this term, which emphasises how much he has improved and become an integral part of Moore’s squad.
However, his contract at Hillsborough is set to expire at the end of this season and it would represent a big blow if he were to depart on a free transfer, especially if he can help the Owls earn promotion back to the Championship.
Sheffield Wednesday reporter Dom Howson provided the latest on the youngster’s contract situation recently, writing:
“I asked Darren Moore for an update on Fisayo Dele-Bashiru’s contract. Says talks remain ongoing and is still confident FDB will extend his stay. FDB has taken his game to another level this season. They need to sort his future ASAP.”
Moore spoke about the midfielder’s contract situation following last weekend’s game, which saw Dele-Bashiru notch his fourth league goal of the campaign in the 4-2 win over Burton Albion.
He said: “We are talking (about a new contract) at the moment. The boy is happy here. He wants to stay here and we want him to stay here but we understand from a contractual point of view that it has got to be right for all parties.”
It sounds as if Moore is very keen for the former Manchester City youngster to extend his stay at Hillsborough, which is no surprise when you consider that his four league goals have come from just five starts in League One throughout 2022/23.
Saturday saw him earn a very strong 8.07/10 rating from WhoScored for his performance, which shows just how good he can be in the Owls’ midfield, alongside the influential Barry Bannan.
While it is also imperative that Moore extends the Scottish midfielder’s contract, as he is also set to become a free agent at the end of the season, he will turn 33 next month and cannot be expected to star at Hillsborough forever.
Dele-Bashiru meanwhile is still so young and has so much potential, so it is vital that Moore gets him tied down to a new deal, as he can be the future of Sheffield Wednesday’s engine room.