On Wednesday night Newcastle are reported to be in talks with Liverpool over a deal for Sheyi Ojo.

The Independent earlier said that Newcastle were ‘leading the race’ ahead of Burnley and Middlesbrough, with the Chronicle then claiming as fact that talks have now started between the two clubs.

As part of a growing trend of players being bought ever younger, six years ago Liverpool fought off Chelsea amongst others, to land Sheyi Ojo as a 14 year old from MK Dons for a reported £2m fee.

As a 17 year old he made the bench twice (but didn’t get on the pitch)  for Liverpool in the Premier League in 2014/15, before heading off to Wigan for a half season loan.

The young left winger didn’t score any goals as he started seven Championship games and came off the bench twice.

Then in August 2015 it was straight off to another second tier club for a half season loan, starting five league matches and coming off the bench 12 times for Wolves, scoring two goals.

Recalled to Liverpool in January 2016, Ojo managed some Premier League football, with five starts and three sub appearances but no goals.

The season just ended saw the Liverpool player ruled out early on with a back injury but once back fit he didn’t even make the bench once in the Premier League, his involvement restricted to one start and on esub appearance in the FA Cup.

At international level, Sheyi Ojo has played at all levels up to Under 20s for England.

He was part of the squad that this summer lifted the Under 20s World Cup in South Korea.

Freddie Woodman is uncontested number one for England at that level, whilst Adam Armstrong tends to start pretty much every other game and come off the bench.

In comparison, the 20 year old Liverpool wideman is just finding his feet at that level and was used a few times as a sub in South Korea, as well as one start against Guinea in a group match where England made a number of changes and were expected to win easily.

Don’t want to be negative about any potential signing but difficult to see why Newcastle would be looking at a player with such limited first team football as Sheyi Ojo has had. Both Freddie Woodman and Adam Armstrong would arguably be more ready to play first team football this coming season.

Newcastle’s only summer signing so far is Christian Atsu and I see him as a winger who is a squad player, with somebody like Ojo way behind him.

I would bow to Rafa’s opinion obviously if he thought the Liverpool player has something to offer at Newcastle this coming season but on all available evidence, it is hard to see him making much/any impact if used in the Premier League this coming season.

Newcastle surely need signings a few levels above this?



  • Soldier

    just what is going on at Newcastle ?

    • Steven05

      We don’t know – we only know what the media have told us

    • 1957

      The Chronicle call it a Rafalution…

  • Thefootballerwhocouldfly

    Smells of Charnley….

    • steve

      Yeah must be down to Charnley’s strong ties with Liverpool…..

  • MadMag83

    For the reserves?

  • Steve

    It’s strange that we seem to be linked with a lot of young’ns on loan and that worries me. I’m hopeful of some big improvements on the transfer front over the next couple of weeks, but you never know with this club.

  • Kneebotherm8

    Seeing is believing, I don’t know about anyone else but I’m pssd off with the constant speculation about signing this one or that one. I’ll believe it only once they’ve signed on the dotted line.

    • Clarko

      Why is it annoying you?

  • Rich Lawson

    It’s being said tonight that this is a potential loan signing ? Whatever,this looks woefully short of what we need.

  • HenrySlade

    Maybe I’m being overly pessimistic, but I have a horrible feeling that there’s very little money there for Rafa to spend on new players. I hope I’m wrong, because if Rafa walks out on the club, we’ll be in big trouble.

    • HarryHype59

      I fear your concerns over money available are justified.

  • Lhc

    I’m starting to get concerned now with these type of targets, when does the rafalution start?

    • TheNutJob

      I think you need to see Leazes on that one

  • Wor Lass

    I thought I`d opened up the Chron rather than the Mag – the posts on here are so negative. Yes, apparent inactivity is unsettling. Yes, Ashley is a [email protected], Yes, Penfold dithers and is an over-promoted tea lady, Yes, Ojo is one for development rather than a PL-ready marquee signing BUT it`s still June. Of course I could be wrong and I`ll hold my hand up and say so if it turns out to be the case but I`m convinced Rafa would have gone by now if things weren`t going on behind the scenes to convince him that some decent signings are on the cards. Wait until next week and see what happens as the new FFP year begins.

  • toonterrier

    Just what we need. A twenty year old with back problems. Make sure we give him a ten year contract to help with his retirement. Has to be a load of blox from the Chron.

  • HarryHype59

    The Shields Gazette say this isn’t going to happen. Klopp wants to keep him.

  • Phil K

    The kids decent but as far away from finished article as Abrahams with the Tammy-esque hair, or our own Armstrong.
    So why not give Armstrong a chance ? Thats how Fowler and Owen got started at Liverpool
    Rather Arma than giving another clubs junior a chance to make mistakes at our expense while learning his trade and have to give him back when he’s up to speed

  • Shipcote Willy

    I don’t like the loan system unless its to a lower league club or made with an option to buy. In this case we would be developing a player for Liverpool, in which case why not keep the likes of Armstrong for the squad instead of sending out on loan? If this is the height of our ambition we are in big trouble.