Darren Moore’s Sheffield Wednesday could be set to lose Osaze Urhoghide this summer.
That’s according to the well-connected Yorkshire Live reporter Dom Howson, who recently claimed in a Q&A on the Yorkshire Live website that he is not confident of the Owls being able to convince the 20-year-old centre-back to stay remain at Hillsborough beyond the current season.
He said: “I would like to see them tie Urhoghide down to a new deal but I am less confident now he is going to stay.”
While Sheffield Wednesday’s Championship campaign has been one that most fans would rather forget, one of the few bright sparks coming from Hillsborough this season has been Urhoghide.
Despite the defender’s tender age, since featuring in the starting XI on a regular basis for the Owls back in January, the £270,000-rated youngster has turned in a number of highly impressive performances – earning a SofaScore match rating of 7.3 in the 2-0 win over Wycombe Wanderers, a 7.4 rating in the 1-0 loss to Stoke City and a 7.2 rating in the 2-1 win against Barnsley.
Over his total number of 16 Championship appearances this term, Urhoghide has helped his side to keep three clean sheets and has made an average of 1.6 interceptions, 1.8 tackles and 2.7 clearances per game.
These metrics would be impressive at the best of times, however, considering the former AFC Wimbledon player has been thrown into a side who are fighting for their lives at the wrong end of the Championship table, his performances appear all the more “immense” – to quote Darren Moore.
As such, the loss of such a talented youngster this summer, particularly on a free transfer, would be devastating for Moore and Wednesday fans alike, and harks worryingly back to the deal which saw Liam Shaw agree a pre-contract deal with Celtic back in March.
So, regardless of whether the Owls retain their second-tier status on the final day of the season or not, one of Dejphon Chansiri’s primary concerns this summer should be doing whatever it takes to tie Urhoghide down to a new deal at Hillsborough – although, considering the mess the club is in at present, we would not blame the youngster for wanting to get as far away from Sheffield as possible.
Moore, given how highly he speaks of the youngster and how he’s utilised him this season, will be gutted if the defender leaves for free.