Sheyi Ojo’s loan move to Millwall FC on transfer deadline day was the seventh time the 24-year-old has been sent out on loan by Liverpool FC. It was a move that was surprising only because many thought he would finally make a permanent move away from Merseyside this time.
Though it seems exceedingly likely that Ojo’s future doesn’t include him wearing a Liver bird on his chest, the young winger is excited and ready for the opportunity his latest loan move presents.
“I’ve played quite a few games already, but I think, especially this season, it’s time for me to really kick on now and show what I can really do,” Ojo told Millwall’s website.
“Step up and be the difference. A lot of players and managers have said that about me in the past and I feel like it’s time to really step into that light. Be the difference and try and help Millwall the best that I can.”
Ojo had a chance to speak with Millwall’s manager, Gary Rowett, prior to agreeing to the loan, and he was pleased to hear that Rowett has had an eye on him for few years. That, coupled with the simple fact that Millwall would give him an opportunity to see regular minutes, made the potential loan a no-brainer.
“We spoke on the phone and [Rowett] said he really likes me as a player and has watched me for a couple of years now. He said he just wants to give me the platform to express myself and show what I can do”, he continued.
“At the end of the day, the most important thing is to play football and that’s obviously why I’ve decided to come here.”
Knowing the loan will only be temporary, Ojo has his eye on what comes next, and he believes a successful spell in the Championship with the Lions will be important for setting up the next stage of his career.
“I feel like that would put me in a strong position hopefully for next season, going back to Liverpool, and move on from there.”
Though it’s a short, vague quote, that last line does seem to point to Ojo realizing his future likely lies outside of LFC. Whether he truly does see himself ultimately becoming a Liverpool regular or not, a successful loan spell will be beneficial for both him and the club. Good luck Sheyi.