Akinwale Odimayo in action for Swindon at County Ground

Swindon Town defender Akinwale Odimayo is attracting interest from numerous Championship clubs ahead of this summer’s transfer window, according to TEAMtalk.

Odimayo joined Swindon last summer on a free transfer after being released by Reading.

The 21-year-old has played over 30 League One games this season, displaying his versatility by playing both right-back and centre-back.

Despite Swindon having a tough season and being currently engaged in a relegation battle, the former Royals man has managed to impress.

It is understood that Derby County, Preston North End, Stoke City and Sheffield Wednesday are all monitoring the 21-year-old.

Odimayo has never played in the Championship for Reading, but did make one cup appearance. However, he could now have the chance to step back up to the second tier and show Reading why they were wrong to let him go.

Why Odimayo could step up

The defender has been extremely impressive in a struggling side this season. He has arguably been Swindon’s best and most consistent performer.

The defender has provided one assist from his 30 appearances in League One this season. He also made a further three appearances in cup competitions, getting another assist in the EFL Cup.

During his time with Reading, he spent time out on loan with Hungerford Town in the National League South and Waterford in the League of Ireland Premier Division.

Odimayo has shown great attributes both on and off the ball. He is comfortable carrying the ball out from the back and extremely confident in his ball playing skills.

The 21-year-old has been very vocal in that Swindon defence, showing leadership qualities. 

He may have only been at Swindon one year and still has a long way to, but Odimayo’s time in League One has done him the world of good and should help smooth the transition to Championship football.

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