Sheffield Wednesday have been handed a major boost as 20-year-old right-back Josh Dawodu is expected to sign a new contract with the club.
Under-23’s right-back Dawodu is set to sign a contract extension with Sheffield Wednesday to prevent him from leaving the club at the end of the month. Dawodu’s current deal expires at the end of June and his agent has revealed that he will be extending his contract with Sheffield Wednesday to put any doubts over his long-term future at the club to bed.
According to The Star, Dawodu trained with the first-team for the majority of the season as Darren Moore looked at the possibility of him making the step up to senior level. The club are said to have high hopes for the up-and-coming right-back.
“He will be signing the new contract he’s been offered… He’s been really impressed with the new manager and is currently in a training camp now so that he’ll be fit and firing by the time he returns to preseason.
“He wants to stay, the goal is to force his way into the first team and become a regular. Josh is working extremely hard to give himself the best chance of doing that, we have had good conversations with Darren Moore and believe in his project for the future.”
Moore will be delighted by this news for a number of reasons. Firstly, the defender is highly thought of at Hillsborough and that suggests that he has the potential to develop into a key first-team player in the future. Therefore, Moore could have the chance to work with Dawodu as a first-team player in League One next season and see how the 20-year-old fares when faced with competitive matches.
The Owls boss will also be buzzing to read the quotes from Luck regarding Dawodu’s thoughts on the former West Brom man. Dawodu is said to have been impressed by Moore since his arrival at the club and that shows that he has been doing something right since taking over during the season. Moore has given Dawodu faith in the long-term plan for the club and that bodes well for the upcoming transfer window as it shows that the manager is capable of convincing young players to buy into his philosophy.
Dawodu could be seen as the eventual successor to Liam Palmer at right-back. Palmer turns 30 in September and is out of contract in 2022, which could open the door for a younger defender to transition into the first-team ahead of him throughout the upcoming campaign with a view to taking over from him full-time for the 2022/23 season. The 29-year-old averaged a dismal WhoScored rating of 6.57 in 39 Championship appearances for Wednesday this season, with a shocking score of 6.38 in 10 starts as a conventional right-back.
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