Forget Walcott, hot prospect Ovie Ejaria who Liverpool signed from Arsenal is making strides

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Liverpool signed Ovie Ejaria from Arsenal last summer, and he is making good progress at the club.

Liverpool were linked this week with signing Theo Walcott from Arsenal by The Telegraph, as uncertainty over his next contract grows.

Little known to many, is the fact the Reds did manage to snap up a highly rated Arsenal youngster last summer, Ovie Ejaria.

The teenager signed with Liverpool, as confirmed the club website, after nine years in the Gunners academy.

A central midfielder, Ejaria describes his idol as Barcelona icon Andres Iniesta, and grew up supporting Arsenal.

Now the 17-year-old is making real strides. Ejaria made the step up from the under-18s to the under-21s this week, illustrating the progress in his development.

He came off the bench in this week's 2-0 loss to Southampton's under-21s, and on Friday night was again making an appearance from the bench in a 5-0 victory against West Ham.

Ejaria cites his favourite Liverpool player as Phillipe Coutinho, and says the greatest game he ever watched was the Reds 2005 Champions League final win.

Liverpool's academy is bristling with talent, with Jordon Ibe following Raheem Sterling into the first team and Jordan Williams making the bench recently.

Sheji Ojo and Jerome Sinclair are both tipped to follow, while under-21 star Harry Wilson is already a full international for Wales.

Ejaria would be a real find if he can fulfil his potential, and going onto start regularly for the under-21s next season is the next step he needs to make to do so.

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