Can the youngster impress in pre-season?
England youngster Sheyi Ojo is now back at the club following his third loan spell out in The Championship. The winger now has the summer schedule to prove his fitness and capability to Jurgen Klopp.
The Hemel Hempstead born wide player has impressed in some of the first team opportunities he’s been given thus far. There has been the feeling though that he is lacking that crucial bit of quality to make it at the highest level.
Pace and strength
Ojo certainly isn’t lacking in some vital components. He has pace and strength in abundance and can be a real nightmare for defenders with his direct running.
This would make him a very useful player for Klopp’s squad. Liverpool ate short of numbers in the attacking third and cover options must be addressed this summer.
The likes of Moses Simon and Shaqiri have been linked thus far, but it wouldn’t be unlike Klopp to promote from within. Ojo certainly has the engine for his pressing game.
It has been the blight on English wingers for years. Plenty of players have looked the business at first glance, with raw pace and the capacity to get wide and stretch defences. It’s the final distribution that can let them down.
Ojo is similar. You would be happy for him coming on against knackered legs for the last ten minutes, but the final ball has to be right. Whether or not Ojo has refined this remains to be seen.
He will need to work on this of he is to stand any chance of impressing this summer. Exposure to better players and coaches will help for sure. However Ojo will need to show this side of his game more often in the coming weeks if he’s to break through.
Ultimately Klopp will run the rule over his fringe players. They will be given fair hearing in pre-season, but it may ultimately prove to be another season out on loan for Ojo.
If he stays then it’s great for both parties as a sign of sufficient improvement from the lad. However of he does depart on loan, then perhaps a Premier League club could be sought for Ojo. The Championship is competitive yes, but a year in the top flight exposed to first team football is surely a better option for such a talented player.