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Liverpool youngster & Nigerian wonderkid handed Premier League target by ambitious academy chief

Liverpool Academy director Alex Inglethorpe has urged Sheyi Ojo to build on his fine recent form and make a start in the Premier League.

The Nigerian youngster spent time on loan with Championship side Wolves earlier in the season, and impressed while strutting his stuff in the second tier. The West African made 17 showings in the Championship—of which five were starts—scoring twice and contributing three assists.

He found the net for Liverpool in the Reds’ FA Cup third round replay against Exeter City at Anfield and, to date, has made four senior appearances for the Merseysiders.

Speaking to the Liverpool official website, academy director Alex Inglethorpe has urged the young forward to build on his recent fine form and begin to make his mark in the Premier League.

“That experience at Wolves would have helped him and Sheyi is starting to realise what it will take for him to have an impact on the first team,” Inglethorpe told LiverpoolFC.com.

“I really like working with Sheyi and he is someone who I have seen a huge improvement in over the last two to three years,” he contined.

“It was fantastic to see him make his Premier League debut and the next challenge for him is to try now to make a Premier League start.

“He has got a lot of wonderful competition around him and what he has to do is find a way of ticking the next box, which is to start a Premier League game.”

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Ojo was born in Hamel Hempstead and began his youth career at Milton Keynes Dons before moving to Liverpool in 2011. He spent time on loan at Wigan Athletic during 2015, and has also represented England at every youth level from U16 to U19.

However, the player may yet choose to follow the likes of Alex Iwobi and Victor Moses in choosing to pursue an international future with the Super Eagles.

 

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