Moses Odubajo was one of the best right sided players in the league last season and I can only see him taking further leaps forward this season. Last year was Odubajo’s first season in the Championship since signing from Leyton Orient so defenders may become accustomed to his style of play, but there is no denying that he has extreme talent. The former England under 20 winger broke into the Orient first team back in 2012 as a wide midfielder, he was crucial to ‘The O’s’ promotion push of 2013/14 sparking the interest from Brentford. Mark Warburton converted into a more defensive minded player but still acts as an attacking force and pops up with the occasional goal. So long as new boss Marinus Dijkhuizen can keep hold of the flying wing-back he could spark another exceptional season.
One to Watch
Silky Spanish midfielder Jota is the sort of player that can turn a game on it’s head at any moment. The 24-year-old netted 12 times in 42 league appearances last term, but after experiencing the physicality of the English leagues he can only improve. At some points last season he was out muscled due to his low stature but you can’t deny that the former Celta Vigo man is a wizard with the ball at his feet.
Marinus Dijkhuizen has brought in many continental signings since his arrival in June. Andreas Bjellend has showed his metal for FC Twente in the Dutch Eredivisie bit the Championship is a whole new ball game. You have to wonder whether he will gel with his most likely defensive partner, Harlee Dean. The industrialism of Jonathan Douglas and Toumani Diagouraga will be enough to overrun many other teams in the Championship sides but you again speculate whether new boys Akaki Gogia and Konstantin Kerschbaumer will be able to fit in. Upfront Andre Gray will provide a hat full of goals they have no other huge goal threats. Scott Hogan barely made an appearance last season and Will Grigg spent the season on loan with MK Dons. The new transfer policy will mean they have contrasting transfer targets to other second tier clubs, but for me there has simply been too many signings from overseas and this will obviously effect the team chemistry, but the unpredictability of relatively unknown players will make them an interesting team to watch.