Sheffield Wednesday are on the verge of making another disastrous error.
The Owls have already lost one of their most promising youngsters, and they could now be about to lose another.
Liam Shaw joined Hillsborough Stadium aged eight and only made his Wednesday debut in July last year, but after establishing himself as a first-team squad member, he’s now set to join Scottish giants Celtic following the expiry of his contract at the end of the season.
The south Yorkshire giants will only receive around £300k in compensation – a fraction of the money that would negate his absence from the squad over the coming seasons, as well as being way off his likely value given his massive potential.
And now a similar trend could continue as one of Darren Moore’s current starters is also out of contract ahead of the summer.
Osaze Urhoghide has thrived in the absence of several key defenders. Indeed, the 20-year-old gem has started nine of their last 13 league matches, playing in all three positions across the backline.
According to YorkshireLive’s Dom Howson, several top-flight teams, including Leeds United and Crystal Palace, are monitoring his situation at Hillsborough.
Wednesday are keen to keep hold of him and have offered fresh terms, but no agreement has been made – it could be a case of being too little, too late.
As things stand, the Owls are going to lose both Shaw and Urhoghide in the summer and that’ll be a devastating blow, irrespective of which division they’ll be competing in next season.
The academy starlet has proven to be a solid option at this level already. He’s still raw, but all the attributes are there. And Moore knows that too.
Speaking after their recent 2-1 win over arch-rivals Barnsley, the Owls boss waxed lyrical about Urhoghide, he said (via 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.”
Unlike Shaw, if Urhoghide does depart south Yorkshire, Wednesday will be entitled to very little as, unfortunately, he’s not a homegrown player.
Given the likely reshuffling of the squad under a new exciting manager this summer, Owls chairman Dejphon Chansiri must do all he can to tie the 20-year-old beast down – he’s a player worth building around.
Urhoghide ranks sixth in the squad for average WhoScored rating (6.66), which is ahead of some big names in Adam Reach (6.55), Liam Palmer (6.51), Josh Windass (6.49) and even Shaw himself (6.39).
Chansiri is certainly heading for another disaster at Wednesday. The young defender must be the top priority right now.