Walsall Set For Potential Cash Windfall This Summer

Walsall’s transfer funds could receive a significant boost this summer if Luton Town striker Elijah Adebayo leaves the now-Championship outfit.

Following the Hatters’ relegation from the Premier League, Adebayo is receiving plenty of attention from some top flight teams. He was mightily impressive in what was both his, as well as Luton’s, debut season in the Premier League, scoring ten times.

That is despite making just 27 appearances and only 16 of those being starts. A hamstring injury in February meant that we didn’t get to see Adebayo’s full potential, but he was one of the Bedfordshire-based side’s standout players when he was on the pitch. It has been a rather meteoric rise for the striker, who as recently as 2021 was still playing in League Two.

Despite coming through the academy at Fulham, the 26-year-old would never make a senior appearance, instead gaining experience out on loan with the likes of Cheltenham Town, Swindon Town and Stevenage. After leaving the Premier League outfit in 2019, the striker was snapped up by Walsall.

Adebayo would enjoy an incredibly productive season-and-a-half spell with the Saddlers, scoring eight times in the fourth tier during the 2019/20 season before reaching new heights the following term, scoring ten times in their opening 25 games.

Those performances would see the Englishman earn himself a move to Luton for an undisclosed fee.

If Adebayo is to make a move this summer, then Walsall are set to benefit from the sale. At Thursday night’s fans forum, co-chairman Leigh Pomlett stated that the club had a sell-on clause in place in the striker’s contract, which could pocket them a decent fee.

Even though the percentage was not discussed, with the 26-year-old valued by Transfermarkt at just over £9.3 million, expect Walsall to gain a decent amount of money if a sale does go through this summer.

With his capital at its highest currently, this window is potentially the best time for Adebayo to make a move, and Walsall fans will no doubt be watching his movements rather closely.

Writer’s View

After demonstrating himself as more-than effective in the Premier League last season, it would come as no surprise to see Adebayo make a return to England’s top flight. His physicality means that he’s quite the asset and that said physicality caused opposition defenders plenty of problems last season.

At this point, a move seems rather likely, which would also greatly benefit Walsall. Increased transfer funds from his sale could allow them to really attack the next couple of transfer windows as they look to gain promotion to League One for the first time since 2019.

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