Town Amongst Clubs Eyeing Orient Winger
Sunday, 13th Jan 2013 09:50
Town are amongst a number of clubs eyeing Leyton Orient right winger Moses Odubajo. Norwich, Southampton, Wigan, Charlton and Brighton have also recently sent scouts to watch the 19-year-old in action.
The Greenwich-born wideman, who is currently being played in his less-favoured position of right-back, is out of contract at the end of the season having made an impact with the O’s this season after making his breakthrough in the last campaign.
A product of the youth set-up at Brisbane Road, the 5ft 10in tall winger previously spent time on loan in non-league with St Albans City, Sutton United and Bishop’s Stortford.
Odubajo, who scored a superb goal on his full league debut against Rochdale on the final day of 2011/12, has made 22 starts and eight sub appearances this season, scoring three goals and claiming three assists.
The Blues are likely to be in the market for cover for first-choice wingers Carlos Edwards and Lee Martin during this window.
Meanwhile, Cardiff City have joined the chase for former Blues loanee DJ Campbell, according to one of this morning’s papers.
Town boss Mick McCarthy wants the 31-year-old QPR striker to return to Portman Road but with Crystal Palace also very keen. Rangers boss Harry Redknapp recently said that “seven or eight” Championship clubs had enquired about Campbell.
Elsewhere, Redknapp has been linked with a move for ex-Town centre-half Titus Bramble, who is out of favour at Sunderland.
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|alexharban added 09:57 - Jan 13|
I like his name, sign him.
|kuyski added 10:04 - Jan 13|
young and hungry，why not
|Radlett_blue added 10:07 - Jan 13|
Can he lead us to the promised land?
|Karlosfandangal added 10:20 - Jan 13|
Was watching MOTD and they were saying that Villa problems as they have too young a side.
To a point I agree as you only have to look at Hyam and Carson.
We have some young and Hungary players who can only get better with the coaching staff that we now have , good that we are building for the long term and hope these are the sort of players who will be able to compleate in the Prem.
Just need a balance as I think you need a few seasoned hands to get you out of this division .
MM and TC have seen it all over the years so feel we are in good hands.
On another point funny how MM wanted to keep Reo-Coker yet we fans could not wait to see the back of him.
|Special_A added 10:21 - Jan 13|
I watched Orient play on Tuesday night and he was one of the standout players. A friend who supports Orient says he is the best young player at the club. Well worth signing on a free/cheap.
|Stretchstar added 10:23 - Jan 13|
Great to feel like with MM / TC in charge we can actually have a chance to get players Prem clubs are also interested in. This would be good, fast and sweet feet!!
|jas0999 added 11:03 - Jan 13|
Micks record of bringing players through from lower leagues is excellent. At last feel we are in safe hands.
|StuartBrett9 added 11:06 - Jan 13|
The only decent cross we put in yesterday was from Cresswell and he looked genuinely upset that no one got on the end of it, Mick must have been tearing his hair out at the inability of our 'wingers' to not take it past the full back. This may well be the final piece in the puzzle and then we're sorted :)
|muccletonjoe added 11:17 - Jan 13|
I watched this lad last season and yes i would say the potential is definitely there and well worth a punt , could be anything
|Mark added 11:31 - Jan 13|
Yet another exciting link, and just think how little this player would cost in comparison to what we paid out on Edwards and Martin - £3.4M in transfer fees plus probably around £4M in wages on top of that with them coming from Premier League clubs. Both have done well at times, but they now have zero value in the transfer market. We have wasted so much money, and I am delighted McCarthy seems to be turning this round by players who we can develop and who can take us forward, then if they do leave we can hopefully make a good profit on them to reinvest in the squad. That's how to run a Championship football club!
|wickfordtractorboy added 12:22 - Jan 13|
@Karlosfandangal - young and Hungary players? We've only had one of those lately, Tamas Priskin! Look how that went... ;-)
On a more serious note, this lad looks very promising. Sign him up!
|irishtim added 12:28 - Jan 13|
Dont know anything about him. Some goal in that video clip though. In MM we trust.
|jrobot added 12:33 - Jan 13|
young, exciting, quick winger at last a manager has realised this is what we need, rather than buying central midfielders and sticcking them on the wing, I mean the likes of richie wellens is not gonna frighten any full back on the wing.
|TrumptonBlue added 12:55 - Jan 13|
Orient are my dad's team and therefore my second team, so I've seen Odubajo a fair bit. Put simply, he's very good indeed and his progression into the first team has been one of the major factors in Orient making great strides up the table in the last couple of months (along with the form of Kevin Lisbie, funnily enough). The owner downside to this is, with my Orient hat on, it would be a shame for them to lose him so soon, just like they lost George Porter (who we were also linked with but went to Burnley and is now on loan at Colchester).
|BossMan added 13:00 - Jan 13|
No news in ages on martin signing a new contract but unless he wants silly money I hope we keep him
|coyb99 added 13:07 - Jan 13|
I think he could be pretty good, someone who's not afraid to take on defenders. Lets hope we dont do what jewell did to edwards and play him at rb instead of right wing.
|Michael11 added 13:14 - Jan 13|
Sounds promising, been a while since we've had a young pacey winger.
'The Greenwich-born wideman, who is currently being played in his less-favoured position of right-back'
Is Paul Jewell manager of Leyton Orient??
|blueherts added 13:26 - Jan 13|
Yep - I thi nk our 'wingers' have flattered to deceive for years - we havent really had a truey , tricky , pacey ideman for long team - the amount of times we have got Martin , Edwards on the ball out wide and they stop , cut indside and slow it all down - Mick now had poachers and runners on who will get on end of crosses - I agree our most dangerous crosser is Creswell - I cant remember last time we created much out wide- I love what Mick is doing Edwards is not the answer neither is Martin - COYB
|Fatcatevans added 15:31 - Jan 13|
Martin runs around a lot and creates nothing but confusion when he attempts to tackle. Lets move on
|theobald1985 added 19:00 - Jan 13|
agree with bossman sign martin up hes a good option on the wing and will get better as mick brings in more able players around him.mick seems to like as have many managers but i suppose if the god of all football knowlege fatcatevans thinks he cant play then everybody else must be wrong.this young lad can start as cover and an impact substitution and put pressure on martin and carlos
|ThatMuhrenCross added 21:03 - Jan 13|
Old MM does like his black players! Mind you, he had a lot of success on Wolves based on that principle, but struggled to find the staff for it as Ireland boss!
|ArnieMsBigToe added 08:45 - Jan 14|
FatCatEvans: I have to agree with you. . . Martin reminds me of Forest Gump "Run Lee, Run". This L.Orient guy looks like he knows where the goal is. I think he would make an excellent replacement for Forest Martin!! Go get him MM!!
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