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?