//
You're Reading...
Europe, News

Moses Odubajo Ready To Follow In Footsteps Of England Wonderkid Andros Townsend

Moses Odubajo could follow in the footsteps of Andros Townsend, who heavily impressed for England midweek.

Moses Odubajo could follow in the footsteps of Andros Townsend, who heavily impressed for England midweek.

In 2009, an 18-year-old Andros Townsend made his debut for Leyton Orient against Colchester after joining on loan from Tottenham. Four years down the line and the O’s look to have found the man that is ready to follow in his predecessor’s footsteps.

Moses Odubajo was a name that only a handful of Orient supporters would have heard of when the young winger was plying his trade in the youth team at Brisbane Road just a few years ago. A club that is unfortunately sandwiched in London just miles away from some of the best clubs in Europe has historically found it difficult to pick up young local talent. O’s fans could have been forgiven for thinking that Odubajo was going to become another youngster in an ever-increasing list that would fail to make the cut at professional level. Moses however, was about to buck the trend.

Despite making his professional debut for the club in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy in 2010, Odubajo’s true introduction came on the last day of the 2011/2012 season against Rochdale. Having secured League One survival in the previous week, Russell Slade tinkered with his starting eleven for the final fixture and gave Odubajo his first league start for the club. An exceptional debut culminated in the youngster scoring a 25-yard wonder goal which proved to be the decisive winning goal in a 2-1 victory. Odubajo had arrived.

Aged 19, Odubajo singed a new one-year contract extension with Russell Slade’s side in the summer of 2012 and went on to make 54 appearances for the side in the following season, scoring six times in the process. During his three-year spell with the club, Orient manager Slade had already seen a number of top players leave the club and was determined to ensure that Odubajo’s name could not be added to that list any time soon.

After an outstanding start to the season and having made it through the January transfer window without losing Odubajo, Slade penned the winger down to a new two and a half year contract in February 2013. The 20-year-old ended the 2012/2013 season in equally impressive fashion, prompting yet more transfer speculation to intensify around the youngster over the summer.

However, once again the O’s managed to keep hold of their prized asset and have been reaping the rewards ever since. Odubajo has started every game in Orient’s sensational unbeaten start to the season which sees them lie top of the League One table deep into October. But for a club of Orient’s stature, success can sometimes be a bittersweet experience. Although supporters are currently being treated to one of the best young prospects the club has ever produced, the vultures will begin to circle and the club will find it increasingly difficult to hold on to their top stars, notably Odubajo.

More recently, Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester United have been linked with moves for Odubajo and with the likes of Andros Townsend living proof of what can potentially be achieved, who knows where the future of Moses Odubajo could lie.

By Craig Rodhouse

Leyton Orient season ticket holder Craig is the author of Football League blog Leagues Apart.

Advertisements

About Tom Bennett

I'm a 21-year-old Multimedia Journalism student at Bournemouth University aspiring to be one of Britain's top sports journalists. Follow me on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn for contact and further information.

Discussion

10 thoughts on “Moses Odubajo Ready To Follow In Footsteps Of England Wonderkid Andros Townsend

  1. Hi there! I’m at work surfing around your blog from my
    new apple iphone! Just wanted to say I love reading
    your blog and look forward to all your posts!
    Keep up the great work!

    Posted by Diy.Com | March 3, 2014, 3:13 am
  2. This site definitely has all of the info I wanted concerning this subject and
    didn’t know who to ask.

    Posted by Seilimp | March 12, 2014, 12:41 pm
  3. Hi there! I could have sworn I’ve been to this web site before but after browsing
    through some of the articles I realized it’s new to me.
    Anyways, I’m definitely happy I came across it
    and I’ll be bookmarking it and checking back regularly!

    Posted by furnishings design | March 14, 2014, 4:07 am
  4. Your body benefits greatly when the right combination of exercise and healthy food consumption is achieved.
    It features a difficult, highstandard cardiovascular training.
    If you are a little fastidious about things, find a treadmill that is well constructed and having quality parts.

    Posted by treadmills for sale | April 14, 2014, 9:06 pm
  5. Hi there it’s me, I am also visiting this site regularly, this web
    page is in fact good and the viewers are in fact sharing nice thoughts.

    Posted by Affordable Windows Cleveland | April 22, 2014, 4:04 am
  6. Right here is the perfect webpage for anybody who would like to
    find out about this topic. You understand a whole lot its almost tough to argue with you (not that I actually would want to…HaHa).

    You definitely put a new spin on a subject that has been discussed for many years.
    Excellent stuff, just excellent!

    Posted by rugs ikea | April 24, 2014, 11:28 am
  7. Hi there colleagues, nice paragraph and nice urging commented here, I am truly enjoying
    by these.

    Posted by InWatt Instalação e Manutenção de SIstemas Energéticos | May 2, 2014, 11:45 am
  8. You made soe good points there. I looked on the web to find out more about the isue and found most individuals will
    go along with your views on this website.

    Posted by carpet cleaning machines | May 8, 2014, 5:20 am
  9. It is not my first time to pay a quick visit this website,
    i am visiting this web site dailly and obtain good data from here every day.

    Posted by decorative outdoor water spigot | May 8, 2014, 4:48 pm
  10. Normally I do not read article on blogs, however I wish to say that this write-up
    very compelled me to try and do it! Your writing taste has been surprised me.
    Thanks, quite nice article.

    Posted by pick good pharmacy | May 10, 2014, 6:16 am

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow Us…

Monthly Archive

%d bloggers like this: