Former Premier League footballer Darren Bent believes Liverpool youngster Sheyi Ojo needs to make a definite decision on his career by sealing a permanent move away from Anfield.
The 22-year-old is currently on loan at Rangers in his latest temporary spell away from the European champions, although Bent thinks the time is now for the winger to settle somewhere else.
Speaking to Football Insider, Bent advised Ojo to follow in the footsteps of Tammy Abraham, who has earned his place as a Premier League striker for Chelsea following a number of loan spells elsewhere.
He said: “Loans are about game time and if you’re getting sent here, there and everywhere, you’re going to have to impress consistently.
“You have to stand up and be counted, for some people it takes a couple of loans and it works out for them, look at Tammy Abraham.
“I think at some stage, Ojo is going to have to leave Liverpool, go somewhere, it might be the Championship, it might be Scottish football, sign permanently and make a career from there.”
While Ojo would have to divert from Abraham’s career path should he depart his parent club by heeding Bent’s advice, he could nevertheless succeed in a similar way by claiming a regular first-team place away from Liverpool.
With the likes of Xherdan Shaqiri struggling for game time and the impending arrival of Takumi Minamino at Anfield, the size of the task Ojo could face to get into any Liverpool XI is arguably larger than it was at the beginning of the year.
His loan spells to date have not warranted a permanent move as yet, though Ojo has delivered his best numbers in his senior career so far for Rangers, contributing to 12 goals in 29 appearances for Steven Gerrard’s side this season.
So whether or not the Gers decide to keep Ojo on their books, it appears that now could be the time to move on and kickstart his unsettled career.
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