A number of West Ham United fans have called on David Moyes to quickly wake up to the potential of former Manchester United youngster Mipo Odubeko.
The young striker only turns 18 next month but has been in red hot form for West Ham’s development side.
West Ham beat a host of clubs to Odubeko’s signature when he refused to sign a new deal at Manchester United last October (whufc.com).
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And it is easy to see why so many clubs were chasing the prolific goalscorer.
Odubeko was twice on the scoresheet as West Ham’s Under 23s beat Southend 3-1 in the EFL Trophy this week. That made it four goals in the last two games.
But there was something more to his performance. It made a statement and felt like a watershed moment for the youngster.
Many West Ham fans 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.
West Ham fans call for Moyes to thrust Odubeko into first team
And many Hammers fans are calling for Odubeko to follow in his footsteps. His goals were unerringly powerful and precise. Both from distance Odubeko scored with his right and left foot giving the goalkeeper absolutely no chance.
It comes as West Ham boss Moyes finds himself short of striker options and money to improve them going into the new season.
The Scot has been told he must sell to buy this summer.
And after the controversial sale of Grady Diangana, his priority is to sign at least two defenders.
It is widely considered West Ham need two new full-backs, a centre back and a striker.
The jury is very much still out on £45 million record signing Sebastien Haller. And Michail Antonio is injury prone.
Odubeko left Man United as he felt his progression to the first team was blocked by the likes of Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood.
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So West Ham fans are calling on Moyes to elevate Odubeko to the first team squad after his eye-catching performances.
And he could end up saving the club millions in the transfer market.
Here are a selection of comments about Odubeko from West Ham fans on Twitter.
Hopefully see you force a way into the first team this year ⚒
— Irons Stuff #GSBOUT (@Irons_Stuff) September 9, 2020
Quality of them goals absolute bangers should be starting against Newcastle 👏🏻👏🏿👏🏻👏🏿⚒⚒
— Big dave shack (@bigdaveshack) September 9, 2020
A couple of quality bangers there, looking forward to seeing you break into the 1st team squad.
— ⚒️Tim B⚒️ (@TimBurke19) September 9, 2020
wow 👏 1st team time i think!!! ⚒
— Dan ⚒ (@Danny2Dan) September 10, 2020
Great goals mate! Good for us you made the choice to come here then stay at Utd!
Hoping you breakthrough into the 1st team this year ⚒️
— Mike (@mhare641) September 9, 2020
Baller left and right peg 💪
— Lee Shaw (@LeeShaw11) September 9, 2020
Need you in the first team
— Said 🇨🇴 (@MuvSaid) September 9, 2020
Well done mate! Your time will come for the first team! Be ready and give 100% these fans Always love a player who gives 100% 👍🏻👍🏿 excited for your future COYI
— JB (@BurchettJason) September 9, 2020
‘Get him in that first team’
Class! Get in that first team ⚒⚒⚒
— Sam JT (@SamJT13) September 9, 2020
1st team pending
— #GSBOUT KH (@Kieran1250) September 9, 2020
Two great goals, hopefully see you in the first team in no time if you keep that up. COYI’s ⚒️⚒️⚒️
— Ooodles (@aju1964COYI) September 9, 2020
You don’t strike footballs like this dude without having some SERIOUS talent #baller
— Phil Lines ⚒ (@PhilLines13) September 9, 2020
Mipo is some talent, hope he gets a chance in the first team this season
— Matt (@MattR_WHUFC) September 9, 2020
He has to be around the squad, remember Wayne Rooney playing for Everton at 16 and scoring a Wonder goal v Arsenal. Age should not matter this kid has talent and we need someone who knows where the net is.
— Marcus McDonnell (@BoxRef) September 9, 2020
Surely a player with technique and natural finishing like that gets to be in and around the squad? Yeah the opposition quality isn’t great but them strikes wouldn’t be saved most of the time by Prem keepers🔥
— la flame (@HudsonLaFlame) September 9, 2020
Be nice to see them in first team if you don’t sell them first #GSBOUT
— #GSBOUT Rob Forbes (@bruce2728) September 9, 2020