Having navigated Sheffield Wednesday to a 12th place finish in the Championship last month, Steve Bruce will be looking to build on a promising start to his Hillsborough career next season.
Yet in order to be able to give his side the best chance of competing in what is one of the toughest leagues in the world, the 58-year-old simply has to get his recruitment spot on this summer.
After making the decision to release George Boyd and Marc Matias in May, it comes as no shock that Bruce has been linked with a move for winger Moses Odubajo.
According to the Sun journalist Mike McGrath, the Owls are reportedly closing in on a deal to sign the Brentford winger on a free transfer with his contract set to expire later this month.
With Bruce having previously worked with Odubajo during his time at Hull City, it could turn out to be a shrewd move if he can indeed convince the Bees ace to make the switch
Keeping this in mind, here are three reasons for why we think securing the services of the 25-year-old makes perfect sense…
He could provide some much-needed width for Wednesday
Despite having the likes of Steven Fletcher, Fernando Forestieri and Lucas Joao at his disposal, Bruce was left frustrated last season by the lack of consistency demonstrated by his midfielders with Adam Reach proving to be the only real outlet for the Owls.
Although Odubajo may not have the best record in terms of setting up goals, his abundance of pace combined with his tendency to hog the touchline could cause Wednesday’s Championship opponents some real havoc next season.
He boasts incredible versatility
Although he started to his career as a winger, Odubajo has demonstrated an outstanding level of versatility in his career which has allowed him to thrive as both a left-back and a right-back for Brentford.
Given his wide array of skills, the former Leyton Orient star may turn out to be a priceless addition to Wednesday’s squad as he could fill in seamlessly for Dominic Iorfa or Liam Palmer if either of the pair suffer injury or suspension next season.
He still has plenty of time to grow as a player
Still only 25-years-old, Odubajo is by no means the finished article yet and has the potential to become a top operator under the guidance of the right manager.
Having already learnt a great deal under the guidance of Bruce in the past, there is no reason the winger cannot benefit from a re6union with his former boss and so a move to the Owls may be the best thing for his career.
If Odubajo can make a marked improvement to his play over the coming years, he could end up being instrumental in helping Wednesday end their long-standing Premier League hiatus.