After a series of promising appearances in the second half of last season, Sheyi Ojo approached 2016-17 as one of Liverpool’s most highly regarded youngsters. The 19-year-old winger wasn’t expected to start regularly, but he was expected to see significant minutes as one of the first bench options.
Then he was struck by injury, a broken bone in his back late in pre-season that kept him sidelined entirely for the first three months of the season. Even when he was cleared, his recovery was slow, the club cautious and Ojo’s role kept intentionally small. In the end, he only made two first team appearances.
Now, with Liverpool expected to strengthen their first team significantly, minutes could be limited at Anfield next season, which makes whispers out of Newcastle that Rafa Benitez could be interested in signing the young attacker intriguing. The question, though, is whether the interest is in a loan or permanent deal.
If it’s the former, it’s likely Liverpool would jump at the change to see Ojo getting regular minutes at Newcastle. If it’s the latter, of course, it seems rather less likely. Though for the right price, and especially if a buyback clause were to be included, it’s possible a deal could be done.
Still, Liverpool and Jürgen Klopp rate Ojo highly, despite that he’s lost much of the past year to injury, and the club would prefer not to see him depart permanently. A loan next season, though, would appeal. If Huddersfield can win in the Championship playoff today, they could be another potential destination.