Moses Odubajo admitted that he nearly left Sheffield Wednesday in January after talks with Garry Monk. The 26-year-old joined Wednesday on a free transfer from Brentford last summer and was linked with a loan move away months into his debut season due to poor form.
Odubajo told the Sheffield Star: “I called the gaffer and asked for a meeting. Things were said back and forth, and in a nutshell, he told me he wouldn’t stand in my way if I wanted to leave the club on loan.
“Initially I decided to assess my options and have a good think about things. It didn’t take me long to think there was no point continuing to do that when I knew I was good enough to be in the squad and play.
“It made me get my head down and stick at it and try to show everyone what I know I can do on the pitch.” The right-back opted to stay, however, and went on to make 17 appearances.
Liam Palmer has been a regular under Monk, making 28 appearances across the board in multiple defensive roles. Osaze Urhoghide picked up the slack at times too. Odubajo featured only three times in 2020 after falling out of favour while picking up a hamstring injury, so his future at Hillsborough may still be up in the air.
The 26-year-old is in the last year of his contract, isn’t commanding a starting place under Monk and has inconsistent over the course of the campaign. Wednesday have two other players competing for his position, so it remains to be seen what Odubajo’s role will be in 2020/21.
Monk considered loaning the defender out midway into his debut season and he barely featured after that, so little has really changed to his situation.