By Scott Taylor
Sheyi Ojo could be on his way to Championship side Wigan on loan. Ojo,17, joined Liverpool from MK Dons and has featured in the first team squad. It is understood that Malky Mackay’s side are interested in bringing Ojo to the DW Stadium.
The reported deal will see Ojo join the Latics until the end of the season, but Liverpool have the option to recall him so he can play with the Under 21s. That is only if he is not playing regularly in the Championship.
Mackay himself was in attendance to watch Ojo in Liverpool Under 21s’ recent 2-1 defeat to Manchester United at Leigh Sports Village. Reds manager Michael Beale did suggest in this post-match interview that Ojo could be on his way out on loan, only if the move is right for his wideman.
He told liverpoolfc.com: “We’ve got to make sure it’s the right thing for Sheyi [Ojo] and if he goes out that he’s going to play and if he`s not going to play, he’s got to get access to come back and play for us.”
Beale is aware of how a loan will benefit Ojo in terms of developing him into a stronger player, but stress the importance to prioritise the player’s development.
“The players that go out come back better players, they come back more aware of what it takes, more aware of what a men’s dressing room is like. We’ve got a very good player on our hands there.It’s all about the decisions we make now for him and with him to help him get to the next level.”
Despite playing as a wing-back in the defeat to Man United, it did not put Mackay off in terms of enquiring him. Beale then told the Liverpool Echo that it was not just Wigan that are interetsted in the starlet.
“Sheyi played out of position to accommodate five really attacking players we had on the pitch. There’s a lot of interest around him in terms of loan. People have to remember Sheyi is only 17 and he’s still a scholar, he’s got a lot to develop.’Sheyi’s got so much promise we sometimes want something earlier than it’s able to come. We’ll keep supporting Sheyi, I’m sure he’ll get there.”