West Ham United hierarchy have now given the green-light for striker Ademipo Odubeko’s departure and it could even be permanent, according to reports.
The Lowdown: Hammers overhaul…
This summer transfer window has seen manager David Moyes bring in a variety of players to shore up key positions in the Hammers squad with Nayef Aguerd, Flynn Downes, Alphonse Areola and Gianluca Scamacca putting pen to paper.
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West Ham are also on the hunt for more ahead of their 2022/2023 Premier League opener against champions Man City on Sunday with links surrounding both Amadou Onana (Lille) and Filip Kostic (Eintracht Frankfurt).
While the east Londoners are seemingly focused on incomings, players who are surplus under Moyes appear to be going the other way also, like left-wing-back Arthur Masuaku.
The Latest: Odubeko exit news emerges…
Now, as per a report from Africa, some interesting exit news has emerged involving forward Odubeko.
The West Ham hierarchy, as per allnigeriasoccer.com, have ‘decided’ he continue his development elsewhere as they give the green-light for his departure.
They add that Odubeko is ‘expected to leave’ the London Stadium, and perhaps most interestingly, it could be on loan or even on a permanent basis.
The Verdict: Mistake?
Sending him out on a temporary spell is an arguable no-brainer given he needs playing time to develop, but outright selling the Republic of Ireland Under-21 star could be seen as a mistake.
Odubeko has huge potential, as evident by his prolific goalscoring record at Premier League 2 level, and although he is yet to go on an impressive run out on loan, there is still time for him to improve given the player is just 19-years-old.
Moyes previously spoke of his and West Ham’s ‘big hopes’ for the talented teenager, who is also a physical specimen.
Indeed, Odubeko’s old coach Bernard Byrne raved over his traits as a forward, calling him ‘fast’, ‘strong’ and ‘dynamic’ whilst going on to claim West Ham have a ‘special talent’ in their ranks (The Athletic).
GSB may need to consider their next move regarding the youngster carefully.
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