Leeds United offloaded Clarke Oduor in the summer transfer window.
When Barnsley won promotion to the Championship, few could have expected them to raid Leeds United’s developmental ranks so fervently.
Defender Aapo Halme, left back Clarke Oduor, midfielder Alex Wollerton and winger Mallik Wilks all made the move from Elland Road to Oakwell, with a mixed bag of results so far.
Wilks hasn’t really lived up to his billing and has already joined Hull City on loan, Wollerton is yet to make his senior debut for the Tykes, and Halme has endured ups and downs in defence and could yet become a midfielder under Gerhard Struber.
The real pick of the bunch has been Oduor, with the 20-year-old only really coming into the side following Struber’s appointment as manager in November.
The Kenyan-born youngster has been dangerous going forward, strong defensively and even taking set pieces, nailing down the left back spot under Struber.
On Monday, Barnsley confirmed that Oduor had won the club’s player of the month award for January, recognising him for his superb performances of late.
Unsurprisingly, a handful of Barnsley fans took to Twitter to reply to the announcement, backing him for the Premier League one day, whilst predicting he will be sold this summer if Barnsley go down, as he is just too good for League One.
With Barry Douglas and Ezgjan Alioski not exactly earning rave reviews, Leeds fans may gutted to hear that a left back they let go is now starring in the Championship, but the youngster has taken his chance at Barnsley and seized it with both hands.
Premiership future this lad— ElStan (@RAGINGWRISTS) February 10, 2020
what a player— tom (@thomxsbfc) February 10, 2020
Will be sold after season too good for league 1— seb web (@sebweb85) February 11, 2020
Top quality mate. Won’t be with us long, prem bound 100%— Jonny Allen (@JonnyAllen66) February 10, 2020
Be gone at end of season for less than 2 Mill. https://t.co/7UaFTj8E3N— Ben Oldroyd (@Ben_Oldroyd) February 10, 2020