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A massive gamble, but should Aston Villa boss reunite with Moses Odubajo?

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A massive gamble, but should Aston Villa boss reunite with Moses Odubajo?

The right-back has been out with a knee injury for nearly two whole seasons.

This month might finally see the return to action of Moses Odubajo for Hull City. The right-back has been on the sidelines for nearly two whole seasons. After helping the Tigers to Premier League promotion he suffered a fractured kneecap and ligament damage in a pre-season friendly against Grimsby Town. He played no part in the top-flight campaign and, has so far not featured for Hull this season.

However, the attack-minded full-back returned to first-team training at the start of March and featured for the under-23s in a comeback match a couple of weeks ago.

Whilst a first-team return is in sight, Nigel Adkins did confirm last week that Odubajo had received a minor setback in his recovery.

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND – APRIL 03: Steve Bruce, Manager of Aston Villa gives his team instructions during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Reading at Villa Park on April 3, 2018 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

This summer he is out of contract at the KCOM Stadium. Considering he has not played a competitive game for Hull since the play-off final in May 2016 a new contract is looking increasingly unlikely.

So who would take a gamble on this free agent in the summer? One team that appears likely is Aston Villa.

 

Steve Bruce is a massive fan of the defender. He signed him from Brentford when at Hull and played him in nearly every game of the Championship promotion campaign.

Of course, his signing would be a massive gamble. His fitness would need to be proved before agreeing any deal, whilst Villa would probably include clauses in any deal to prevent missing out should he become injured again.

Hull City’s defender Moses Odubajo (R) plays the ball in front of Sheffield Wednesday’s English midfielder Kieran Lee (L) during the English Championship play-off final football match between Hull City and Sheffield Wednesday at Wembley Stadium in London on May 28, 2016. / AFP / GLYN KIRK / NOT FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING USE / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)

But when fit Odubajo is a top Championship right-back, as he proved with both Brentford and Hull.

Villa need to improve in the full-back positions and, should they fail to win promotion, a bargain free agent that Bruce knows well would be a brilliant option.

It would be a gamble, undoubtedly. But if anyone is to take a chance on free agent Odubajo this summer it will have to be Aston Villa. It could be a perfect roll of the dice.

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Everton fan for my sins.

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