On loan Liverpool winger Sheyi Ojo reflects on his start to life with Latics and talks Liverpool life in tonight’s programme.
- Cover Star Sheyi Ojo has enjoyed Latics welcome from fans and teammates.
- Ojo already picked for two sponsors Man of the Match awards in four appearances.
- Latest features of Fan-Tasy Football, Kit Parade and Orrell’s Post feature inside.
AT 17, SHEYI OJO WOULD BE FORGIVEN FOR ANY NAIVETY AS A YOUNG PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALLER BUT HE’S GOT THE CHARACTER OF A PLAYER DOUBLE HIS AGE AND, AFTER A VIBRANT START TO HIS LATICS CAREER, THE ENGLAND YOUTH INTERNATIONAL IS SET FOR A BRIGHT FUTURE.
Speaking at the Wrightington Hotel prior to Friday’s clash with Charlton Athletic, Sheyi Ojo reflected on his early life as a Wigan Athletic player after joining from parent club Liverpool on loan until the end of the season in January.
And the winger could not be happier with how he’s settled in with his new teammates.
“I’ve settled in really well; all the lads and staff have welcomed me into the group and I’m enjoying being here,” Ojo said.
“I’ve got high ambitions and aims here at Wigan and I want to get as many goals and assists as possible.
“I was really happy to get my first start for Wigan against Reading and hopefully it’s the first of many for me.
“The players have been really nice as a group and I’m quite a laid back person so they’ve all welcomed me into the new team and I’ve got to know everyone in the team so it’s going well.
“It’s been a good experience to come into the Championship so far; obviously I’ve been training with the first team at Liverpool and playing under 21 games so it’s a good learning curve for me to be playing professional football, hopefully I’ll do well.”
Due to printing deadlines, the catch up with Sheyi had to be completed prior to Friday’s game with Charlton Athletic so the Hemel Hempstead born youngster was still in high spirits after his first start in the win over the Royals and what turned out to be a massive three points.
“There are hopefully a lot more results like the Reading one to come now we’ve got that first win,” he added.
“We had to work hard as a unit, it wasn’t always the pretty football that we’d like to play but sometimes you need to battle hard to get three points, which is what matters in this division.”
On the group he has come into, Ojo believes there is far too much quality in the dressing room for Malky Mackay’s side to be sat in the relegation zone and he is sure that that won’t be the case come the end of the campaign.
“There are some fantastic players here,” Ojo continued. “The group should never be in the situation that they’re in so the most important thing is to keep working hard and going for three points so we can climb the table and get out of the relegation battle.
“We’ve got two games that are big this week and hopefully we can get as many points as possible from them.
“I think if we can get a good total from the Cardiff and Blackpool games then all of a sudden the teams above us look over their shoulders, get worried and hopefully slip to give us that chance to stay in the
Championship, something we’re all desperate to do.”
Malky Mackay and Jonathan Jackson contribute their regular columns as well as all the usual news and features, including; Rowley's Rewind with BBC Radio Manchester's Paul Rowley, Hot off the Press with the Wigan Evening Post's Paul Kendrick, and a round up from the Academy.
You can also learn much more about our opponents Cardiff City in the visitors section, including an all-time five-a-side team as chosen by a Cardiff City fan.
Our very own fan-feature comes in the form of Fan-Tasy Football as Simon Box from Billinge gives us his all-time Latics XI.
There are plenty more features, including Kit Parade, On This Day and Flashback, as well as the popular Orrell's Post as we look back in detail on the classic photo below.
Latics full back Steve Senior launches a late piledriver of a shot towards goal in front of a lunging Chris Fry against Cardiff City at Springfield Park in December 1989.
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