This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict‘ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Derby County are reportedly one of a number of Championship sides keen on Swindon Town defender Akin Odimayo.
According to a report from TEAMtalk, the Robins are set to trigger the one-year extension in Odimayo’s deal before cashing in on him with Derby, Sheffield Wednesday, and Preston North End all keeping tabs on him.
But would be a good signing for the Rams? And do they need him?
Our FLW writers share their thoughts…
It’s perhaps a little hard to tell exactly as he is so young but I do think he has the potential to step up into the Championship which is where Derby County obviously want to be next season as they fight the drop this campaign.
He’s a versatile player having featured at full-back and centre-back for Swindon regularly this season and I think that kind of quality he brings to both positions is certainly something that would attract clubs.
He’s also not going to cost a bomb so plenty to like about this one.
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I’ve seen Odimayo play on several occasions for Swindon Town, and he’s looked relatively solid given his age.
He does still show raw tendencies though and I question whether he’d be able to make the step-up to a club like Derby, who will have a play-off push firmly in their thoughts for next season.
I don’t see him as someone who would come in and get straight into that Rams backline, he still has a long way to go to become more rounded as a footballer.
I’d view this signing as a long-term project. Get someone like Liam Rosenior to put an arm around him, help iron out that raw tendencies, and help develop the player.
If the fee was minimal, it represents a promising long-term solution but he’s by no means an immediate fix.
If Odimayo was a teenager, I’d say this would be a decent pick-up for the Rams with the future in mind.
However Odimayo will be 22 a few months into next season and I think the club could do with focusing all their efforts on bringing in players in their mid-20’s – ones who maybe haven’t hit their peak just yet but who can make a real impact in the Championship.
Obviously Odimayo had a setback having been released by Reading in the summer, but he’s seemingly got back on track in League One and that experience will have put him in a good position for a potential move.
I could potentially see Odimayo in the Championship next season – he’s versatile as well playing at both right-back and centre-back – but I can’t see it being with Derby.