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…
Sheffield Wednesday have finally started to make some progress in the transfer market as they aim to get their squad ready for the start next season and their return to League One.
The Owls had already completed deals for David Agbontohoma and Dennis Adeniran before they confirmed the loan arrival of Queens Park Rangers attacker Olamide Shodipo.
That has seen them boost their squad in three key areas and means that Darren Moore can have time to work with all three of his new arrivals during pre-season.
Those additions have been greatly needed for Sheffield Wednesday with them having seen their squad depleted heavily by the departures of several first-team players since their relegation from the Championship. The Owls are having to operate frugally in the transfer market and so picking up someone like Shodipo will be seen as a positive.
So with Shodipo having arrived at Hillsborough, we asked our FLW writers whether they feel he would be a guaranteed starter for the Owls next term…
I think he’ll be a regular starter for the Owls.
You would imagine that QPR wouldn’t have been looking to send him to a club that aren’t going to be able to guarantee him regular game time.
Sheffield Wednesday needed to strengthen their attacking options over the summer, as they look to adjust to life in League One this season.
Players that have experience of playing in the third tier of English football, and Shodipo certainly fits that description, having caught the eye with a number of impressive performances for Oxford United last term.
He ticks all the boxes of a player that could thrive in a team that are challenging for promotion into the Championship, and Sheffield Wednesday are likely to be just that this term.
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This could prove to be a very clever addition for Darren Moore’s side.
Shodipo impressed during his loan spell with Oxford last year and he has now been provided with another opportunity to do just the same, but within a camp where anything less than promotion will be deemed good enough.
Shodipo netted 10 times last season and had that much-desired trait of being in the right place at the right time – something that is unteachable.
His ability to be direct to get past a man is also something that fans will also come to expect, as he is an exciting player to watch and has the end-product to go with it.
Moore is starting to build Wednesday up again and because of that, every player he has is on a level-playing field when it comes to selecting his team.
Shodipo will now be striving to impress his new manager this pre-season and force his way into the starting team come early August
If Darren Moore is planning on reverting to his favoured 4-2-3-1 system then I can see Shodipo being one of the best players in League One next season.
Due to the players he had at his disposal last season when arriving, Moore used a three centre-back formation for the majority of his matches in charge, but that could now change now that he has cleared the decks of all the big earners.
Moore has just one other winger to choose from in Andre Green, so more strengthening is needed in that department but just look at Shodipo’s stats for Oxford last season – he scored 11 times in his most productive season yet and proved he was a top-end League One player and one who could potentially be playing Championship football given a chance.
I can see the Irishman being a big player for the Owls next season and if he has the likes of Josh Windass and Callum Paterson around him, then there could be goals, goals, goals at Hillsborough in 2021-22.