Next Sterling or Ibe? Perhaps, but Liverpool loanee Ojo still has a lot to learn

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Liverpool attacker Sheyi Ojo showed a lot of promise on his debut for Wigan Athletic against Bournemouth but has since learned the Championship is no easy ride.

Liverpool attacker Sheyi Ojo has showed a lot of promise in his 10 Championship appearances but should know that he needs a big summer if he is to emulate Raheem Sterling and Jordon Ibe.

The 17-year-old, who was an unused substitute for Wigan in their 2-0 loss to Derby County on Monday, has showed in spells that he could have a bright future at Anfield but will need to work hard in pre-season if he is to make that sooner rather than later.

After dazzling on his debut, where he put Bournemouth to the sword in his half-an-hour on the pitch, it has been a steady string of promising appearances for Ojo but not without their frustration.

The England Under-18 midfielder has one assist but no goals to show from his 611 minutes on the pitch, although it hasn’t been for the want of trying.

  Goals AssistsShotsKey PassesDribbles AttemptedDribbles CompletedAccurate PassesPossession Lost Mins Played
Sheyi Ojo 0 1 7 13 46 23 141 136 611

He has had seven shots on goal and made 13 goalscoring opportunities, but has been guilty of conceding possession frequently.

What next for Ojo at Liverpool? 

It’s undeniable the wide man has a lot of potential and could go a long way for the Reds but does need to rectify some aspects of his game. Although, at 17, that should be expected.

It’s unlikely the youngster will go straight into the Reds first team next season but, like Ibe, could go on loan to a good Championship side to make a good account of himself before being recalled in January.

It’s a big summer in his development and he will need to work hard to show that he is determined to make an impact on a first team stage next season by impressing in pre-season training and forcing manager Brendan Rodgers into making a tough decision whether to keep him or send him on loan again.

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