Osayi-Samuel’s role switch attracts West Ham United and two other Premier League contenders
Bright Osayi-Samuel could return to English football after the Fenerbahce wide man attracted interest from three Premier League clubs, according to a report.
Osayi-Samuel has been with Fenerbahce for 18 months after leaving the league. He previously played for Queens Park Rangers between 2017 and 2021. Before that, he developed further in the EFL with Blackpool.
Since moving abroad, Osayi-Samuel has developed his game in the Turkish top flight. Originally a winger, he adapted his role to become a full-back.
He has received great confidence from Fenerbahce this season, registering 42 appearances. Of these, he provided two goals and five assists.
His club have all but secured their place in the Champions League qualifiers. But it now appears clubs could try to tempt him to return to English football.
According to Football Insiderthe Nigerian-born ace is on the radar of West Ham UnitedSouthampton and Brentford.
TEAMtalk knew as early as December 2020 that West Ham were aware of Osayi-Samuel. It appears to remain on their options list; although after missing out before, they now face increased competition.
His three current suitors have been drawn to his pace and versatility. These are attributes that could help him succeed in the Premier League.
If he were to choose West Ham, he would probably have European football to offer. They are currently seventh in the table, which would see them into the Conference League, but have a chance of catching Manchester United in sixth for a Europa League place.
For Southampton and Brentford, the projects are different. They are both in the bottom half but will be in the Premier League again next season. There could be some interesting things to build at both clubs.
Where would be best suited for Osayi-Samuel?
It is not known at this time what the main role of Osayi-Samuel would be with one of his suitors. If he were to continue as a right-back, he would compete with the more defensive Vladimir Coufal at West Ham.
At Southampton, the presence of Tino Livramento, Kyle Walker-Peters and Yan Valery means they have plenty of options in that department. Maybe he better play more up front if he has to go.
As for Brentford, finding a right-back has been a priority issue for a few months. They wanted to take one in January but didn’t and will aim to modify it this summer.
This might be Osayi-Samuel’s best option for regular playing time. However, it must be recognized that they are the least established top club he can join.
After playing in the Europa League and Conference League for Fenerbahce, a more continental involvement could appeal to the 24-year-old. Therefore, West Ham’s interest will remain something strong to consider.
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