Steve Bruce has made a promising start to putting his own stamp on the Sheffield Wednesday squad this summer, just nine days after the Owls’ final match of the season.
The former Aston Villa boss has been clear in his belief that this Wednesday squad needs a fresh look after a succession of promotion challenges have failed in recent years.
The Owls’ retained list saw Bruce move on a host of players who he felt didn’t have a future at the club, with six members of the senior squad departing including Gary Hooper and George Boyd.
Wednesday have since been linked with a string of names, but they have appeared to show serious interest in one experienced Championship player who would mark an excellent start to their summer business.
Moses Odubajo is set to leave Brentford this summer after failing to agree new terms at Griffin Park, and it appears he could be about to reunite with Bruce following their spell at Hull City together.
The 25-year-old joined the Bees last summer and has been a regular feature in Thomas Frank’s side this season, making 30 league appearances for the club.
His energetic style of play means he certainly fits the mould of player Bruce is pursuing this summer, while his versatility will also give his manager an array of options.
He is primarily a right winger, but he has been deployed on either flank or at full-back this season. This means he could act as a squad player next season, as Wednesday will need plenty of depth if they are to mount a promotion challenge.
There is an argument that Odubajo is prone to injuries, but his record at Brentford this season suggests those days could be behind him as he has not been side-lined since a knee injury early on in the season.
Bruce now needs to take the Leyton Orient product under his wing and he can become a key part of his plans going forward. Odubajo was on to big things before he got side-tracked by injury, but Bruce is the man to help him rediscover the form that once earned him five England U20 caps.