According to a recent report from The Daily Telegraph, Sheyi Ojo is one of several Liverpool players who could be shown the exit door this summer. The 21-year-old came up through the ranks at Anfield but only has managed 13 senior appearances for Jurgen Klopp’s side, with loan spells at Wigan Athletic, Wolves, and Fulham suggesting that the winger remains some way away from commanding regular football on Merseyside.
In fact, it looks as though the England Under-21 international could be let go this summer, which should be of interest to Marcelo Bielsa and Leeds United, who must underline their ambitions by moving for the linked-away £2.25 million-rated star (as per Transfermarkt).
Ultimately, the appointment of the highly-rated Bielsa was met with widespread optimism by Leeds fans earlier this summer, with many believing that the Argentine could well be the man to lead them back to the Premier League for the first time since 2004.
However, a great deal of that positivity has been lost in the last few weeks given the insignificant amount of transfer business the Whites have conducted so far, which based on their inability to maintain a promotion challenge last term suggests that the same is likely to happen this time round as well.
And that is why the Yorkshire heavyweights must make another statement of intent, having done so by appointing Bielsa, by moving for Liverpool’s Ojo before the transfer deadline.
The 21-year-old has spent all three of his loan spells at Championship level with Wigan, Wolves, and Fulham, and in that time has certainly proven his worth with six goals and five assists across the three temporary stints.
But it was last season on loan at Slavisa Jokanovic’s Fulham in which the Englishman really produced the goods in netting four times and laying on two assists for the Cottagers in their run to third place in the table, which was particularly impressive given injuries disrupted his time at Craven Cottage.
Thus, there is little doubting that Ojo would add a great deal to Leeds’ attacking ranks ahead of the new season, and while a reported figure of £15 million is a bit steep, the Whites wouldn’t just be buying for the present, but also for the future as well.
And if the Yorkshire giants are serious about finally ending their barren time away from English football’s top-flight, they have to show the same level of ambition in the transfer window as they did in luring Bielsa to the club as manager.
And with Ojo reportedly available for transfer this summer, Leeds simply must make a move which would send out a clear statement of intent to the rest of the Championship.
Leeds fans… what do you think? Let us know!