West Ham United fans are desperately hoping to see a full debut for Ademipo Odubeko at Manchester United tonight in what would be quite some story.
West Ham could be without their only senior striker Michail Antonio for the FA Cup clash with Man United.
The Hammers forward was substituted in the 0-0 draw at Fulham with “fatigue” and David Moyes has admitted he is a doubt (whufc.com).
Yarmolenko as back-up to Antonio has not worked against Prem opposition
Moyes has been turning to winger Andriy Yarmolenko as a back-up forward.
But that has showed little sign of being successful against Premier League opposition with Yarmolenko lacking the pace and power needed for the lone role.
Instead West Ham fans are hoping their growing calls to see more of hugely exciting young striker Odubeko are answered by Moyes against Man United.
The Scot has admitted he has been impressed with the young striker.
And Odubeko has become part of West Ham’s first team squad since Sebastien Haller’s departure. And he will, at the very least, be on the bench tonight.
Big West Ham chance beckons for exciting Odubeko
If the powerful striker does get his big chance at Old Trafford he will have come full circle and be some way vindicated for leaving there in the first place at the end of 2019.
West Ham beat a host of clubs to Odubeko’s signature when he refused to sign a new deal at Man United (whufc.com).
The Red Devils wanted to keep Odubeko (The Sun). And it is easy to see why they held big hopes for the Irish forward.
Easy too, to see why many clubs were reportedly chasing the prolific goalscorer when he made the brave decision to leave Old Trafford in search of a quicker route to top level first team football.
At Man United, Odubeko was urged to stay. He had scored 17 goals in 35 games for the club’s academy side. And a new deal was on the table waiting to be signed.
But Odubeko elected to leave knowing the likes of Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood were ahead of him in the pecking order for the foreseeable future.
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It was shrewd business by West Ham to snap him up. The likes of Bayern Munich, Feyenoord and rival Prem clubs wanted the striker (The Sun).
Odubeko only turned 18 back in October – a year after joining the Hammers.
But already he could have the chance to show Man United what they are missing. That’s if he gets the call from Moyes.
This season very much feels like a watershed moment for Odubeko. His performances for West Ham’s Under 23s have been hugely impressive.
And many West Ham fans have remarked they have not seen the kind of deadly finishing power and prowess displayed by Odubeko since a certain Jermain Defoe was emerging from the West Ham ranks.
Defoe’s talent was so obvious he forced his way into the West Ham squad as a 17-year-old.
Now West Ham fans are hoping Odubeko will follow in Defoe’s footsteps.
Odubeko’s goals show the same unerring power and precision that Defoe built a successful career around.
Whether he can do it at the top level yet remains to be seen.
But West Ham may find out sooner rather than later given their lack of senior forwards.
Supporters will be hoping to witness the birth of a new star and not another false dawn.