News has emerged on Sheffield Wednesday’s transfer plans this summer, regarding Swindon Town’s Akin Odimayo.
According to Football League World, Sheffield Wednesday are set to step up their pursuit of Swindon Town centre-back Akin Odimayo this summer. Darren Moore wants to add the young defender to his squad as he attempts to build a team capable of securing promotion out of League One next season.
The report claims that Wednesday will need to fight off competition from their League One rivals Doncaster for his signature. Odimayo is out of contract at the end of the month and could be available on a free transfer, although Swindon are in the process of attempting to pin him down to an extension.
“I don’t really know where my future lies, but if I do stay at Swindon, I’d continue to give it 100 per cent.”
Moore will love it if Dejphon Chansiri is able to get this deal done. Chansiri must complete a swoop for Odimayo and make sure that he is in Moore’s squad come the start of next season to bolster his options at the back, with three centre-backs poised to depart from Hillsborough.
Tom Lees is set to leave the club at the end of the month and Julian Borner is reportedly closing in on a move to German side Hannover. Young centre-back Osaze Urhoghide has also rejected a contract extension with the club and looks to be leaving next month.
This means that Moore is in desperate need of reinforcements in the centre-back position. Therefore, Chansiri needs to get a deal for Odimayo over the line to make sure that his manager is not left short-handed.
Odimayo played 30 games in League One for Swindon and was, as previously mentioned, named as their Player of the Year. This shows that he knows how to perform at League One and that he could have the potential to be a key player for Wednesday.
The £1.5k-per-week prospect is not the finished article. Odimayo has only played one season of senior football in the EFL and still has room to improve at the age of 21. He is not a player who is likely to come in and consistently produce top-quality performances, as he averaged a WhoScored rating of 6.51 at centre-back for Swindon, but he could develop into a player who could do that with Moore’s coaching.
Odimayo has shown that he is capable of brilliant displays at League One level. He recorded two WhoScored ratings of 7.04 or higher in his last four appearances for Swindon but scored 6.28 or lower in the other two.
If Moore can iron out the inconsistencies in Odimayo’s game then he could turn into a quality addition for Wednesday in the future, which is why the former West Brom boss will be excited by this signing if Chansiri can get it done.