Sheyi Ojo continues to impress on loan for Cardiff City from Liverpool this season after he helped maintain the Bluebird’s unbeaten run on the road in the Championship following a 1-1 draw with Derby County last night.
The 23-year-old attacker switched Merseyside for the Welsh capital, linking up alongside fellow Liverpool loanee Harry Wilson under Cardiff boss Neil Harris.
Ojo was one of Harris’ better players at Pride Park last night, making several imposing runs including the one that led directly to the equaliser after he supplied Kieffer Moore who converted for the visitors on 77 minutes after Martyn Waghorn had opened the scoring in the first half.
In total, he averaged a pass completion success rate of 92 per cent – higher than any other player. Winger Junior Hoilett came closest to Ojo with a 90 per cent success rate.
He also completed more dribbles (two) than any other of his teammates and he also won more fouls (four) according to WhoScored.
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From an attacking perspective, he was by far Cardiff’s most creative outlet in the team. From start-to-finish, Ojo continually provided his team with a cutting edge up-front. He created three goalscoring chances for the visitors which was only bettered by Derby’s Graeme Shinnie.
It’s easy to forget that Ojo is still only 23 and could have a big future ahead of him. Liverpool were sensible just to loan him, rather than sell.
To date, Ojo has made eight appearances for his current team, all in the Championship, and has clocked up two goals and an assist.
He has yet to play for Liverpool since an FA Cup third-round replay against Plymouth Argyle back in 2017.
It would be wrong to take a negative judgement on Ojo and his first-team prospects at Anfield, given his lack of regular game time.
The fact he is playing well in England’s second-tier is encouraging, and it will be interesting to see how he develops with a sustained run in the Cardiff first-team.
Part of the challenge for Ojo is staying in the team. He missed a large chunk of last season having cut his stint with Rangers short.
He was exceptional again in his most recent display against Derby, and over the coming weeks and months, there should be plenty of opportunities for Ojo to show what he can do.
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