Sadio Mané first team option Sheyi Ojo – January 2017

With Senegalese winger / forward Sadio Mané heading off in January to compete in the Africian Cup of Nationas in Gabon, a trophy Senegal have never won. They were runners-up in 2002, as they were defeated by Cameroon in the final.

Mané will not be around for the F.A. Cup 3rd round tie on January 7. He will certainly not play the Premier League games against Manchester United, Swansea and Chelsea.
Sheyi Ojo would be the most likely replacement for Sadio Mané, who is now being seen as a very good replacement for Raheem Sterling. The statistics from last season show Ojo doing better than Sterling did for Manchester City. Ojo played just a few games for Liverpool, yet he had more assists during the 2015 / 16 season than Man City first team regular Sterling did.

This little thing makes me think of David Fairclough’s quite significant bit of bad luck under Bob Paisley’s managerial tenure. Fairclough was nick-named “Super Sub” as he so often came on from the substitutes bench, created and scored goals for Liverpool, although he wasn’t Paisley’s main man. Fairclough was seen as a terrific talent, but then there were Steve Heighway taking his place in the first team while Fairclough was still a young and promising player. As if that wasn’t enough, when Steve Heighway’s days as a first team Liverpool player were over, Ian Rush was signed, and that proved to be another problem for David Fairclough, who just couldn’t find his way into the starting 11.
As revealed in Fairclough has admitted his disappointment with Bob Paisley’s treatment of him. “Down the years I’ve had lots of time to think about why I didn’t fulfill my potential. Obviously Paisley had to keep 14-16 people happy, but he made life difficult for me. I broke into the England squad and I was very much on Ron Greenwood’s list of players who were perhaps going to break in. I came back to Anfield and Bob Paisley decided to play me as sub or leave me out. I had a lot more to offer.” 
Kevin Keegan in 1977 said: “Dave’s difficult to play with because you just can’t read him, that’s what makes him such a dangerous opponent. The best is yet to come from him and in a couple of years time he’ll be a force to be reckoned with. His best asset is his pace coupled with his control. You must remember that he’s not a regular yet, and like a lot of youngsters, might have difficulty in adapting when opponents do get the measure of him. That’s when the real test will come, but I’m sure he’ll do well. He’s got ability you can’t coach into a player.”
Alan Hansen, on the other hand, said: “If you played in a team that he picked, then you were so grateful that he picked you, because he was a ruthless manager, he would always pick is best eleven.”
Graeme Souness adds: “When I was the captain of this club, I was captain of Scotland. But I knew if I had two bad games back to back, the clouds would be looming above my head, and I think there was a constant threat that you were gonna be replaced at Liverpool.”
Sheyi Ojo (born 19 June 1997) has thus far in his career played for Wigan and Wolverhampton on loan deals. He has played 11 games for Liverpool, scoring 1 goal. In the 2015 / 16 season Ojo made 3 assists for Liverpool Sterling was a first team regular for Manchester City last season, and made only 2 assists. All in all, loan spells included, Ojo has played 41 games and scored 4 goals. He is an England U-21 player, and is expected to have a great career ahead of him as a right winger.
He is still too young to be a first team regular for Liverpool, but Lazar Markovic was sent out on loan while Sheyi Ojo stays in Liverpool. When the African Cup of Nations is on in January 2017, Sheyi Ojo will most probably be Sadio Mané’s temporary replacement in the first team, and I do believe Ojo can do a great job whilst new star Mané is away on international duty in Gabon.

Ojo is fast, he is technically skilled, he has a good eye for the game on the pitch around him, he can both score goals and create chances for others. That has already been proved to the fans last season as well as in pre-season games this summer.
Written by @magneleokarlsen

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