Damon Savenelli wonders what has happened to the Sheyi Ojo this season after the young winger was billed as being the next big thing for Liverpool.
Okay, so remember that guy Sheyi Ojo? You know that 19-year-old, plays on the wing? The kid who was tipped to be involved in the first team this year? Yeah him. What the hell happened to him?
Ojo was my favourite youth player last season by a long shot. When he was recalled from his loan spell at Wolves he began to make his way into the first team. He had some really clever assists and even scored in an FA Cup match. He was pacey, had good footwork – he had everything you would want in a winger.
At the end of last season, it seemed that Klopp really liked Ojo. It seemed that the youngster was preparing and hoping for a spot in the first team come next season. But having sustained a back injury, Ojo never really took off.
Coming into this season I was really hoping that Ojo would sneak his way into the first team and maybe even become a backup to Coutinho. When I saw that the young Englishman had fractured his back, I was devastated. It is not like he just pulled his hamstring or twisted his ankle. This was serious. Neck and back injuries are nothing to mess with.
It came as no surprise that it took Ojo almost four months to return to action. Again, when Ojo returned to training I was really hoping that he would be involved in the first team, but again, that did not happen. Months went by and I kind of just forgot about him and now that the season is over, I am starting to ponder what will happen to him next season.
Aside from two FA Cup appearances, Ojo spent most of his season with the U23s. With the emergence of exciting youngsters Ben Woodburn, Rhian Brewster, Harry Wilson, and Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ojo was just forgotten.
As for next season, I think Ojo has some work to do. I fully believe that he could be involved in the first team, but like I just mentioned, a few of his academy comrades are in front of him in the pecking order
I think that once Ojo gets a full preseason under his belt, he will be prepared to really show the first team coaching staff what he is capable of. I mean let’s not forget, this is the same kid that was training with the MK Dons first team at the ripe age of 13. The same kid that had a whole host of European clubs duking it out for his signature.
About to turn 20 in June, the winger obviously still has a tonne of time, but I think that his time is coming. He definitely has the raw skills needed in order to become a top footballer. I think there are currently not many other clubs out there better than Liverpool in terms of youth development.
With Ojo working under Jürgen Klopp and the rest of the Liverpool staff, I think that Ojo is in a prime position to improve his game. Hopefully, he comes back strong and ensures that he is never forgotten about again.