Clarke Oduor left Leeds United to join Barnsley on deadline day.
There were a number of surprising departures from Leeds United this past summer.
Had you told United fans at the end of last season that Kemar Roofe and Pontus Jansson wouldn’t be around for the 2019-20 campaign, they’d have been furious.
Neither was expected to leave Leeds before they ultimately did, but the Whites were well compensated, picking up £12 million from Brentford and Anderlecht respectively.
But there was another surprising departure that annoyed supporters of the Elland Road – and this time there was no multi-million pound softener.
On August 8, transfer deadline day, Leeds announced out of nowhere that Clarke Oduor, a Thorp Arch product who was included in their pre-season tour of Australia, had joined Barnsley.
There had been no mumblings, no rumours, and a lot of Leeds fans weren’t happy with the decision to sell the 20-year-old Kenya-born ace, who was one of the Under-23 players tipped to make a push into Marcelo Bielsa’s senior plans.
It hasn’t been a brilliant move to Oakwell for the 20-year-old just yet, but a managerial change could breathe new life into his stint in Yorkshire.
On Tuesday, Barnsley fired manager Daniel Stendel, a head coach who did not appear to rate Oduor – who’s yet to make his Championship debut – all that highly.
But Stendel’s exit gives Oduor a clean slate with his successor and he will undoubtedly feel hungry to impress the new manager, whoever he is.
You can’t blame Leeds for selling, because they have an abundance of left-back options and Oduor might’ve been waiting until 2024 to get a chance, but it’ll be so interesting to see what he can do the Championship – if he fares better under the new coach than he did under Stendel.