West Ham recall striker David Moyes has ‘high hopes for’ after Championship loan spell

West Ham striker Mipo Odubeko has returned to the club after the Hammers cut short his loan spell at Huddersfield Town.

Odubeko joined the Terriers the day before the summer transfer window closed with his deal containing a break clause that allowed either club to end the loan in January

The 19-year-old Irishman failed to make an impact in the Championship and the two clubs mutually agreed to terminate the loan and will now return to West Ham’s U23 setup.

The striker made just six appearances during his spell in Yorkshire seeing only 107 minutes of action and failed to find the back of the net in this limited time.

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With Huddersfield’s star striker Jordan Rhodes once again available after a lengthy injury absence, Odubeko found himself even further down the Terriers pecking order and was not included in the matchday squad for the past five matches. His last action for Huddersfield came as a substitute on December 4.

A Huddersfield Town statement said: “Everyone at Huddersfield Town would like to thank Mipo for his contribution during the first half of the season and wishes him all the best for the future.”

After failing to make a significant impact in the Championship Odubeko is unlikely to be pushing for a spot in the Hammers senior setup and will rejoin the U23’s unless another loan further down the English pyramid materialises.

Game time for the U23’s is not guaranteed for Odubeko with the Hammers youngsters in fine for this season.

The U23 side are currently top of the Premier League 2, four points clear of Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City. As a result of the U23’s success Hammers manager David Moyes has called up a number of the youngsters to his senior setup and handed first-team minutes to Aji Alese, Jamal Baptiste, Manny Longelo, Harrison Ashby, Dan Chesters and Sonny Perkins this season.

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Odubeko will face competition for places in the U23 team from Perkins and promising youngster Armstrong Okoflex, both of whom have been included in recent Premier League matchday squads.

However, if Odubeko can find the back of the net in the U23 side then Moyes is clearly not against promoting youth. Twelve months ago Odubeko made his Hammers debut in the FA Cup against Stockport County and played an hour in the following round versus Manchester United. At the time Moyes was full of praise for the youngster but added a note of caution.

“Mipo is somebody we are looking forward to working with,” the manager said “He is a young player we have big hopes for.”


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