By Daniel Moxon – @dmoxon_
Another year, another loan for Sheyi Ojo with the youngster yet to feature prominently in Jurgen Klopp’s plans. Next month he will join up with Scottish giants Rangers as the latest Red to fulfil a loan spell at Ibrox under the tenure of Steven Gerrard.
Ryan Kent was voted PFA Young Player of the Year for his performances north of the border last season, while Ovie Ejaria failed to impress and was sent back to Melwood early. Liverpool will be hoping that Ojo can emulate the former, but this fifth loan spell in as many years raises questions over the plan for his development.
Signed as a promising 14-year-old in late-2011, the London-born prospect was touted as a star of the future. However, while he has shown promise at times, continuous temporary moves have rarely given him regular playing time.
His 24 appearances for Fulham in 2017/18 is the most he’s ever managed in a season, while his spell at Ligue 1 side Stade de Reims last term yielded only 18 showings and one single goal in the Coupe de la Ligue loss to US Orleans.
Regardless of how he fares in Glasgow over the next campaign, it’s hard to see where the Englishman fits in to the grand plan at Liverpool. He will turn 23 next summer, surely an age where ‘prospect’ is no longer an accurate tag.
Despite this, it appears Jurgen Klopp anticipates a future for the winger at Anfield. He signed a contract extension last summer, and Football Insider reports that he has agreed to a new five-year deal prior to his move to Rangers.
If anything, this latest development only places further scrutiny on the situation of Harry Wilson. The Welshman enjoyed a productive season on loan at Frank Lampard’s Derby County, and returns to Merseyside with a burgeoning reputation.