Mipo Odubeko needs a loan move.
The 18-year-old came off the bench against Manchester United and did not have a kick against the experienced internationals at the heart of United’s backline: Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof.
Mipo just isn’t there when it comes to his development and that, at the end of the day, is why he was hooked in extra time, despite coming on as a sub himself.
He’s scored goals regularly for the youth teams, netting nine in seven for the U18s and six in four for the U23s.
But the step up from youth football to senior Premier League football is gigantic, as last night proved.
Mipo had 16 touches of the ball and he clearly wasn’t seen as the player needed to hold the ball up and bring others into play.
That’s not his fault, as he simply hasn’t had the rough and tumble of lower-league football to toughen him up to that standard.
He needs to drop down a league or two and play every week, against defenders who are willing to kick and scrounge for every ball and every 50-50.
Then, perhaps, he’ll be ready to lead the line.
Once the summer window comes, don’t be surprised if the Irons let Mipo go on loan; it’s the best thing for him.