Sheyi Ojo made his competitive debut for Liverpool FC in the recent 2-2 draw away at Exeter City FC. He looked bright and promising when he came on in the second half, he showcased a glimpse of what he can do. His trickery and speed was instrumental in supplying Brad Smith for Liverpool’s equaliser. However, it is the replay which has earnt him more media attention after he scored with a wonderful finish to seal the game. I have noticed his confidence, pace and willingness to learn on the occasions I have seen him and I hold high hopes for this Liverpool future. Ojo has stood out amongst the current crop of young talent at the club and has made a noticeable difference in his two competitive matches for the club so far. Perhaps he deserves a place in the match day squad for a Premier League game? I do know that Jürgen Klopp will give him every chance to develop and encourages youth development, his quotes recently about wanting young players to remain focused illustrates this.
Sheyi Ojo signed for Liverpool FC for a fee of £2m in November 2011, when he was just 14 years of age. His signature was fiercely contested and it is understood that Chelsea FC submitted a multi-million pound offer for the teenager. He has had success within the youth set up at Liverpool, being joint top scorer along with Harry Wilson in the 2014 U17 Future Cup. Ojo has had two loan spells at Wigan Athletic and Wolverhampton Wanderers. Ojo was highly rated in his loan spell at Wolverhampton and was recalled to Liverpool in January 2016, likely as a result of both his progress and the decimating injury list at Liverpool. I think the loan spells are crucial to player development, especially considering the players age of only 18. He has performed well in the Championship and has shown signs that he can perform under the pressure that exists at a big club. Of course it is potential at this stage and he has a lot of development to reach his ambitions, but I would say he looks a very promising prospect who is ahead of schedule in terms of high level development.
Written by Ben Wade