4 Aug 2015

Double-Transfer: Liverpool agree deals for 'nightmare' winger and 'excellent' 'keeper. Medical today for Vigoroux

In July, Liverpool shipped out Kevin Stewart, Ryan Kent, and Jordan Williams on loan, and with competition for places increasingly intense at Anfield, Liverpool are on the verge of farming out two more of the club's academy prospects.

The latest youngsters to discarded on loan are 18-year old Sheyi Ojo and 'excellent' 21-year old Lawrence Vigoroux.

* According to the Daily Mail: "Ojo is to join Wolves for the season on loan...and is expected to undergo a medical on Tuesday".

* The BBC reports: "Swindon Town have signed Liverpool goalkeeper Lawrence Vigouroux on a season-long loan"

After sealing the transfer, Vigoroux - who put in an impressive performance for Swindon during Sunday's 2-1 defeat to Liverpool - told the club's official website:

"I thought I did well last season and hopefully I'll kick on again this season at Swindon. I need some games out in the real world - that's what I need to do and I'm happy to do it"

Ojo also had some good moments on Sunday, and scored his first senior goal for Liverpool, though that seemingly isn't enough to persuade Brendan Rodgers to keep him in the first team squad this season.

The official LFC website describes Ojo as follows:

"[Ojo] is a pacey winger who can play on the left or right flank, he can be a nightmare for opposing defenders to play against".

Last season, Ojo spent a few months on loan at Wigan, but didn't register a goal or an assist in 11 appearances for the club.

That's hardly an concern, though. Last season, Ibe - Rodgers' current flavour-of-the-month - grabbed only 1 assist (no goals) in 14 appearances for Liverpool.

On the surface, Loans are generally a good thing, but the reality is that if an attacking player is good enough he'll skip the loan process and go straight into the first team.

Raheem Sterling proved that, as did Michael Owen, Robbie Fowler, Steven Gerrard et al, and it's the same for every young attacking player over the last 25 years who made it through the academy to become a first-team regular.

Jordon Ibe may be about to finally buck that trend, though. If Ibe becomes a first-team regular for Liverpool over the next year, he'll be the first academy attacker in the club's history to achieve the feat of going out on loan and then returning to prominently feature in the senior side.

That's the size of the task facing Ojo, and unfortunately for the youngster, history suggests that he won't make it as a first-teamer at Anfield.

Good luck, though!

Author: Jaimie K


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