Perhaps one of the most highly rated youngsters at Bolton Wanderers who is yet to really break into the first team is hot-shot winger Sanmi Odelusi. He's made a couple of appearances in a White shirt, in which he established himself as a favourite amongst some fans, mainly because he jumped into the crowd upon scoring his first goal for the club. But a reissue, lengthy injury last season set back his development and opportunities in the Wanderers first team have been nonexistent.
The 21 year-old has spent the last few months on loan at League One club, Coventry City, and I asked Coventry fan Charlie Harris if he could let us know how Sanmi has got on down there.
Am sure you're all as interested as me, so Charlie, the floor's all yours...
Sanmi Odelusi's spell at Coventry has been a weird one. Brought in by Steven Pressley just under a month before he was sacked, Odelusi made the brightest possible start on his debut, scoring a brilliant goal and genuinely looking like a good footballer (a rarity in Sky Blue at the Ricoh this season). However, injury and a the aforementioned sacking of Pressley led to limited time to shine for Sanmi, often being utilised by the new regime as an impact sub player off the bench. At first this was working well with goals off the bench in Tony Mowbray's first game in charge vs Port Vale and also a week later away to Chesterfield, but performance levels dropped after being awarded with a few starts and chances again became limited.
Odelusi's strengths are his pace and tricky, however these can sometimes get the better of him as he tries hard to over do some of the more simpler things required of him, resulting in a loss of possession or a poor cross/shot. Most Coventry fans will agree that Odelusi's finishing is pretty stellar, with all three of his goals for the Sky Blues being well taken, but we would have probably liked them to have been as frequent as may have once promised to be.
In terms of the future for Odelusi it's not easy to judge. With the type of player he is it isn't exactly out of the question that he could be utilised as an impact player by Bolton next season, maybe coming on for the last 20 minutes when a goal is desperately needed but I'm not sure he has the required attributes to be starting games in League One, let alone the Championship. I wouldn't be surprised to see him loaned out again next season, and wouldn't be against taking him back for a full season, but I'm also pretty sure we'd probably be able to find a more effective and efficient League One winger at the same sort of cost. I wish Sanmi all the best for the future, whether that be at Bolton, back at City or somewhere else entirely and would like to thank him for his contributions that helped us retain our League One status this season.
Good luck, Sanmii!
We thank Charlie for the insight into Odelusi's time at Coventry and you can follow him on Twitter @_CharlieHarris