Sheffield Wednesday owner Dejphon Chansiri is heading for disaster as young talent Osaze Urhoghide is preparing to leave the club.
According to Yorkshire Live, the 20-year-old is set to leave the club on a free transfer at the end of the month after rejecting the chance to stay at Sheffield Wednesday next season. The report claims that club bosses offered him a contract extension, only for the defender to turn down their proposal and opt to move on from Hillsborough this summer.
Leeds United, Crystal Palace, Sporting Lisbon, Club Brugge, Cardiff City and Watford are all said to be interested in the 20-year-old defender, although no deal is close with any specific club. Urhoghide is now poised to head into the summer as a free agent and can find himself the best possible transfer to further his career, instead of playing in League One for Sheffield Wednesday.
After a win over Barnsley in March, Owls manager Darren Moore heaped praise on the “immense” centre-back as he told The Star: “I don’t like to pick out individuals because I thought they were all excellent, but he was immense today in terms of his performance. In terms of his contacts, in terms of getting in the radar of the opponents and spoiling it – he was absolutely rock solid.
“The back three will take plaudits, and it was a team effort, but if you’re looking at him as an individual I thought his performance was solid today.”
Chansiri is heading for disaster as he allows Urhoghide to leave on a free transfer. Wednesday have not been able to satisfy the defender with an attractive contract offer to stay at Hillsborough and they are now on the verge of losing an extremely promising young centre-back for nothing.
At the age of 20, Darren Moore could have built his Sheffield Wednesday defence around Urhoghide, with the Dutchman potentially primed to be part of the team’s spine for years to come given his age and potential, and the manager must now be gutted that he will not have that chance.
Instead, he will be moving on and Moore will need to potentially bring in another centre-back to bolster his options heading into next season, which is why this news is a massive blow to Wednesday. Not only are they watching a talented prospect walk out the door for nothing, they will also need to dip into the market to source an adequate replacement and that could cost a substantial sum unless Chansiri can find a bargain in the upcoming window.
Despite the club’s relegation from the Championship, Urhoghide impressed during his spell at centre-back. He started 10 games in that role in the league, averaging a solid WhoScored rating of 6.76 in those games. The £270,000-rated beast won three aerial battles, 1.8 tackles, 1.6 interceptions and made 2.7 clearances per game in the 2020/21 Championship for Wednesday, which highlights his defensive quality and shows why losing him is a big blow for the club and Moore moving forward.