When Derby secured their Championship safety on Saturday afternoon, Festy Obesele’s bizarre contribution got somewhat overlooked.

Late in the 3-3 draw with Sheffield Wednesday, Obesele attempted to help the Derby cause by interfering with an Owls throw-in, slowing the game down and halting any Wednesday momentum.

Oh, and he wasn’t even on the pitch. That’s right, Ebosele managed to get himself booked without ever even coming on as a substitute; just one of the moments that got lost in a truly chaotic day at Pride Park.

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 17: Manasse Mampala of Everton and Festy Ebosele (R) challenge for the ball during the Premier League 2 match between Everton and Derby County at Goodison Park on February 17, 2020 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Tony McArdle/Everton FC via Getty Images)

On Monday night though, Ebosele did feature on the pitch as he started for Derby’s Under-23’s in a 3-1 thumping of Manchester United.

What’s really interesting is how Ebosele was utilised. The 18-year-old has mostly been a right back in the early stages of his career, sometimes featuring further forward as a winger.


Against United though, Ebosele was deployed as a striker, wearing number 10 as he looked to make an impression in attack.

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Sligo , Ireland – 11 October 2019; Festy Ebosele of Republic of Ireland in action against Alexander Hjaelmhof of Denmark during the Under-19 International Friendly match between Republic of Ireland and Denmark at The Showgrounds in Sligo. (Photo By Sam Barnes/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Ebosele caused problems with his pace and even grabbed an assist, showing that he could actually have a future as a forward.

Whoever thought of this idea may have stumbled onto something, as Ebosele impressed, adding another string to his bow.

Whether it’s right back, right wing, up front or just picking up yellow cards for annoying the opposition, Ebosele looks to have a bright future with the Rams.

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