After the reported signing of Glen McAuley last week, Liverpool have reportedly made their second signing of the summer bringing Arsenal youngster Ovie Ejaria to the Kirkby Academy. Scott Taylor (@ScottTaylorUK) gives you the lowdown on the latest wonderkid that has moved north to Merseyside.
Even though the season ended just 4 days ago, it is clear Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers wants to move quickly in the transfer window to prepare for a very busy season ahead for the Northern Irishman and his club because the Reds have fended off competition from Manchester United to get the signature of young Nigerian international Ovie Ejaria. Having spent 9 years with Arsenal, Ejaria begins a new stage of his career when the will move to Liverpool for the start of next season as he was considered to be surplus to requirements with the Gunners.
The Nigerian is a very gifted midfielder and has committed himself to Nigeria rather than the England youth set-up, even though he was not selected for the African country in the recent FIFA Under 17 World Cup which they won, but the midfielder is still hopeful to represent his country one day. Even though he was born in England, Ejaria’s parents are Nigeria and that is why he has decided to pledge his international future to Nigeria. In a recent interview with Tribal Football, Ejaria had this to say about his experiences of Nigeria and also suggests a reason why he wasn’t selected for the Under 17 World Cup.
“I have been to Nigeria twice, when I was much younger and most recently for the Under 17 screening exercise held last July, I could not continue training with the squad because I had to return to England for school and the start of pre – season.”
It is reported that Ejaria has joined Liverpool for an undisclosed fee and will join fellow compatriot Sheyi Ojo, who has broke through to the Under 21s this season, also aged just 16. Let’s not forget that the left-footed midfielder has already featured for Liverpool as a trialist where he was part of a Liverpool Under 17 side that went all the way to the final in the recent 2014 Aegon Futures Cup in the Netherlands, and he certainly made enough of an impact to warrant a return to the Reds on a permanent basis.
My Opinion on Ejaria
“Having watched the Aegon Futures Cup online, I was impressed by Ejaria and it is surprising that Arsenal have let go of one of their highly rated youngsters although Arsenal to have a habit of letting go their best players under Arsene Wenger. I think Liverpool have made their second signing in a week was because of the success of Liverpool in the 2013/14 season. Having finished just two points behind City will enable the Reds to attract more players and who better to have as a manager than someone who is the best judge of future talent having previously worked as a youth coach for Reading and Chelsea. The fact that Liverpool have beat Man Utd to Ejaria’s signature speaks volumes as it shows now that people aren’t so keen to join the Red Devils after their torrid season under David Moyes.”
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