4 Feb 2016

Replace Lallana? Ex-Red hails 'impressive' Liverpool Academy attacker who scored stunning goal against Exeter

Since being recalled from his loan spell at Wolves, Reds attacker Sheyi Ojo has made three appearances for the Liverpool, and he's caught the eye of ex-Reds goalkeeper David James, who insists that the 18-year old is one of the club's most promising young players.

Speaking to the Liverpool Echo recently, James raved:

“Sheyi Ojo is impressive. I think he's a delightful player. He [Jurgen] is giving a lifeline to these young players and one or two of them have taken their chance, no doubt.”

Since his return, Ojo - described on Liverpool's official website as a 'nightmare' for defenders - has been granted only 54 minutes of game time, but he's contributed one goal and an assist (one ever 27 mins), which is, as James suggests, 'impressive'. Ojo's record at Wolves was similarly creditable:

* 7 goals/assists in 19 apps (One every 103 minutes of game time).

It took Raheem Sterling sixteen games to get to one goal/one assist for Liverpool, so Ojo is already ahead of the game.

Ojo is also taller and (arguably) stronger than Sterling (at the age of 18), so like many fans, I'm hopeful that Jurgen Klopp will give him some proper game time over the next couple of months.

After the Leicester fiasco, it's surely time to dump some of Liverpool's overpaid and underperforming senior players?

Adam Lallana, for example. I sincerely doubt that Reds fans will complain if either Ojo or Teixiera replaces Lallana for this weekend's home game with Sunderland.

Milner ----- Teixeira ------ Ojo
------------- Firmino

Do it, Jurgen. If it fails, then so be it, but at least give it a chance. After all, it's highly unlikely that Ojo or Teixiera will do any *worse* than Lallana's pitiful contribution of just two league goals in thirteen months.

Author: Jaimie K


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