Huddersfield Town were one of the most active teams in the Championship over the course of an extremely busy summer transfer window, with no fewer than 9 additions to the Terriers ranks.
The last of these signings came on the penultimate day of the transfer window, with the club announcing the capture of highly-rated striker Mipo Odubeko on a season-long loan deal from Premier Leagueoutfit West Ham United. In this article, we'll take a closer look at what he will bring to West Yorkshire and why he could be a perfect fit for the Terriers.
. Matches the philosophy
Huddersfield have proven to be savvy throughout the summer with both their incomings and outgoings and have revealed you don't have to spend a lot (or in their case anything) to improve your squad.
Free transfers and loans have been the theme of the summer for the Terriers, but if their start to the season is anything to go by it looks like their budget-friendly approach may be the way to go.
The likes of Matty Pearson and Lee Nicholls are proving to be welcome additions in the free market, bringing experience and know-how to the Terriers ranks. While their activity in the loan market, with the likes of Levi Colwill and Danel Sinani showing that top tier clubs identify them as a viable option for their players to develop.
Odubeko very much fits in with the latter, becoming another example of Huddersfield's prowess in the loan market, as he becomes their third loan signing of the window, alongside the aforementioned Colwill and Sinani. The Terriers earning the right to nurture the young West Ham starlet.
The prospect of up to forty games in the fast-paced environment that is the Championship is such an exciting option for Premier League clubs, as it has been for some time. You only have to look at the likes of Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham for recent examples. It's a big incentive for Odubeko to get up to speed, and Huddersfield will reap the rewards (at least temporarily) if he has a strong season.
. What will he bring?
This was Odubeko's answer when asked what the Huddersfield faithful can expect from him, a powerful one-word answer that oozes confidence.
His confidence is admirable and the answer may seem overstated for an 18-year-old with barely any experience in senior football. But when you recall that the Terriers in-form star, Sorba Thomas, tops the assist chart in the Championship you really can understand why he's confident of scoring goals.
Huddersfield are without the services of fellow new recruit Jordan Rhodes, who could be out for the remainder of the calendar year with a back injury, while the other two senior options Danny Ward and Fraizer Campbell have only a goal between them so far this season.
With this in mind, it was advisable that the Terriers brought in another option up front and Odubeko has built a reputation for himself at youth level to be a prolific finisher. If the sharp-shooter can make a quick adjustment to men's football he'll prove to be integral for Carlos Corberan's side, who have been dependant on set-pieces to provide their goals in the opening cluster of games this season.
. What Corberan has said about him
The addition of Odubeko capped off an extremely strong transfer window for the Yorkshire-based outfit and you almost get the impression that the Irish youth international is the missing piece of the jigsaw that Carlos Corberan and the Huddersfield recruitment team were tasked with assembling.
Corberan spoke highly of Odubeko when his signing was announced, which should bode well for the player, the fans and the club.
“Mipo is a young striker with potential, who offers us something different in the attacking areas.
“He can play as a single striker or as a front pairing, and his finishing is a real strength; he has a very good shot from both his left and right sides.
“I am looking forward to working with him over the coming weeks and months.”
Ultimately, with the signing of Odubeko, Huddersfield have no foregone conclusion of goals, but he will undoubtedly give the Terriers another option in attack and a much-needed one at that.
With West Ham playing as well as they have in years, the chances of Odubeko emulating fellow academy graduate Declan Rice and breaking into the Hammers team were, at least for the moment, slim and the loan to Huddersfield will offer the 18-year-old his first real taste of senior football.
Huddersfield need a striker who can score goals and make good use of the excellent service you can expect to be provided by Sorba Thomas and Josh Koroma on the wings.
For one reason or another, Campbell and Ward haven't proven themselves to be a regular source of goals for Huddersfield and while Odubeko can't match their levels of experience, it's clear he's brewing with confidence and keen to make an impact.
With coeval Levi Colwill proving to be a standout for Huddersfield over the first month of the season it has become apparent that they're well-equipped to develop young talent and if Odubeko can also make a quick foray into the team, Town will have exactly what they need to maintain their lively start to the season. A striker who can score goals.