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SHEYI OJO – “IT’S A GREAT CHANCE FOR ME TO LEARN”

2 February 2015

Ojo hoping to contribute as he looks to learn at Latics.

  • Sheyi Ojo joins on loan from Liverpool.
  • Forward hoping to learn from first team experience.
  • Discussions between Malky Mackay and Brendan Rodgers a big compliment.
Speaking following the completion of his loan move from Liverpool to Latics on Transfer Deadline Day, 17-year-old Sheyi Ojo stated his ambitions at the DW Stadium.

“I’m looking forward to the prospect of being around the first team here at Wigan,” said the England Under 18 international.

“I’ve been training with the first team at Liverpool a lot this season, so it has given me that taste and desire to stay around the environment.

“I’m hoping to learn a lot whilst I’m here.  I think being around the first team environment and learning new things from the staff here is really going to benefit me.

“The whole experience is very exciting for me and I can’t wait to start working with the team.”

Latics boss Malky Mackay said he spoke at length with Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers about Ojo, something which the forward was very grateful to hear:

“Being so young I’d like to thank Malky Mackay for giving me this chance.  I know he and Brendan Rodgers have spoken a lot about me coming here, and that’s a big compliment.

“Coming here on loan is a very good move for me and I want to repay the faith both managers have had in me.”

Ojo has been excelling with the Under 18s and Under 21s at Liverpool this season, but says he sees first team football with Latics as an excellent opportunity to develop.

“This is a good time for me and I’m hoping to come in and work for a place to help the team.

“Being at Liverpool is excellent.  This season has been a different step in my career because I’ve been involved a lot with the first team, and this is the next step for me in terms of getting some experience and hopefully creating some good moments for Wigan Athletic.

“I feel like I’m learning a lot at this early stage in my career.  It’s been good to play for both the Under 18s and the Under 21s at Liverpool.  I’ve played in the UEFA Youth League this season and it’s been a good competition for me.”

On what he hopes to bring to the team, Ojo added:

“My style is very direct and I love to get forward.  I’m comfortable dribbling with the ball and I’ve always used my pace to my advantage.

“I like to try and create as much as possible for my team mates, and hopefully I can chip in with some goals too when I get the chance.”

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