Sheffield Wednesday boss Darren Moore was full of praise for Olamide Shodipo following the Owls’ latest pre-season fixture.
Shodipo, 24, arrived at Hillsborough on a season-long loan from QPR over the weekend and made his first appearance for the club in the 1-0 win over Alfreton Town on Tuesday night.
The Republic of Ireland youth international played the opening 45 minutes at the Impact Arena and came close to breaking the deadlock before being substituted at the interval.
Having scored 10 goals for Oxford last season as they reached the League One play-offs, Moore believes his new recruit has what it takes to contribute to a promotion push.
“As the half went on it looked like he was warming up,” he told the Sheffield Star. “You see what he’s going to bring to us – he’ll create, he’ll score, and he gives opposition defenders something to worry about really in terms of the threat that he carries. Which is what we want.
“You could see him warming up, and I think at the end of the 45 minutes he could’ve gone on. But there are more games for him to get used to his new surroundings, and his teammates, and I think he can be pleased with his 45 minutes out.”
Having achieved a double-figure goal tally during his season at the Kassam Stadium, there can be little doubt about Shodipo’s pedigree as a goal-scoring winger.
The Owls scored only 40 goals last season as they finished bottom of the Championship and the lack of recognised forward options in the current squad will likely mean contributions from Shodipo will be invaluable.
Wednesday’s lack of wide players often forced them into fielding a 3-5-2 system for much of last season, and with Darren Moore preferring a 4-2-3-1 during his time in charge at Doncaster, his new addition could also allow greater tactical flexibility.