According to The Star, Sheffield Wednesday have initiated talks with young defender Osaze Urhoghide over extending his current contract as it nears its expiry.
The 19-year-old was brought into the Wednesday set-up last summer after impressing during a trial spell with the club (via SWFC). Urhoghide linked up with the reserve team and has since made waves – the Owls have the option to extend his contract until 2021 but the club reportedly have much bigger plans for the teenager.
Will Osaze Urhoghide become a Hillsborough star?
If Wednesday are able to tie down Urhoghide on a new four-year or five-year contract, that could be the first step to fixing some major issues currently surrounding the first team. Garry Monk has expressed his desire to lower the average age of his current squad and, as highlighted by Dom Howson, the Owls have a whopping 17 players nearing the end of their contracts or coming to the end of a loan deal at Hillsborough.
Urhoghide has played four times for the first team this season and has contributed to two clean sheets (via Transfermarkt). The Englishman occupies a position which is currently well-stacked at Wednesday, which could give him the time to develop without rushing into anything. As he progresses, he will provide healthy competition for fellow right-backs Moses Odubajo and Liam Palmer.
The average age of Monk’s current senior squad is 27.1 and he has 12 players who are aged 29 or over (via Transfermarkt). If there is indeed an upheaval in the summer, players like Urhoghide could prove pivotal as the Owls prepare to recruit for the 2020/21 season.
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