Sheyi Ojo

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Sheyi Ojo
Sheyi Ojo 2015.jpg
Ojo with Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2015
Personal information
Full name Oluwaseyi Babajide Ojo[1]
Date of birth (1997-06-19) 19 June 1997 (age 21)[2]
Place of birth Hemel Hempstead, England
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)[2]
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Stade de Reims
(on loan from Liverpool)
Number 11
Youth career
2007–2011 Milton Keynes Dons
2011–2015 Liverpool
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2015– Liverpool 8 (0)
2015Wigan Athletic (loan) 11 (0)
2015–2016Wolverhampton Wanderers (loan) 17 (2)
2017–2018Fulham (loan) 22 (4)
2018–Reims (loan) 2 (0)
National team
2011 England U16 3 (0)
2012–2014 England U17 11 (1)
2014–2015 England U18 9 (4)
2015–2016 England U19 14 (1)
2017 England U20 5 (0)
2017– England U21 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 September 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22:03, 28 May 2018 (UTC)

Oluwaseyi Babajide "Sheyi" Ojo (born 19 June 1997) is an English footballer who plays for Stade de Reims[3], on loan from Liverpool, as a winger.

Ojo joined Liverpool as a 14-year-old and came through their academy. He spent time on loan with Championship clubs Wigan Athletic and Wolverhampton Wanderers before making his competitive debut for Liverpool in January 2016.

Ojo has represented England at under-16, under-17, under-18, under-19, under-20 and under-21 levels.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Ojo joined MK Dons' academy when he was 10 years old. By the age of 13, he had played for the Dons' U18 side and was training with the first team squad.[4] During his time at the club, Ojo became the first MK Dons trainee to receive an international cap at youth level.[5]

Liverpool[edit]

On 11 November 2011, Liverpool beat off competition from a host of Europe's top clubs[6] including a multimillion-pound offer from Chelsea[7] to sign Ojo, then 14, for an undisclosed fee believed to be in the region of £2 million.[4] In April 2014, Ojo was joint top scorer alongside fellow Liverpool player Harry Wilson in the prestigious U17 Future Cup.

Loan to Wigan[edit]

Having made a number of appearances on Liverpool's bench over the festive period, Ojo joined Wigan Athletic on loan on 2 February 2015.[8] Five days later, he made his professional debut coming on as a 59th-minute substitute for Wigan in a Championship match against AFC Bournemouth, with Wigan naming Ojo as their Man of the Match after he had a positive impact on the game.[9][10]

Loan to Wolverhampton[edit]

On 2 August 2015, Ojo scored the winning goal for Liverpool in a friendly against Swindon Town.[11] n 4 August 2015, Liverpool announced that Ojo had signed a new long-term contract with the club and confirmed that he would join Wolverhampton Wanderers on a season-long loan.[12] He made his Wolves debut on the opening day of the 2015–16 Championship season as a substitute, coming on in the 84th minute and picking up a yellow card as his side went on to beat Blackburn Rovers. Three days later, he made his first start for Wolves in a 2–1 League Cup win over Newport County, assisting Nouha Dicko for Wolves' opening goal.[13]

Return to Liverpool[edit]

He was recalled by Liverpool on 7 January 2016.[14] The next day, Ojo made his competitive first-team debut for Liverpool, as a substitute in the FA Cup Third Round tie against Exeter City that ended in a 2–2 draw.[15] He scored his first competitive goal for Liverpool in the replay against Exeter on 20 January; his goal was the second in a 3–0 victory.[16]

Ojo made his Premier League debut on 20 March 2016, replacing Joe Allen in the 87th minute in a 3–2 loss away to Southampton at St Mary's Stadium.[17] Three weeks later, he made his first start for Liverpool in the Premier League against Stoke City at Anfield, where he assisted Daniel Sturridge for Liverpool's second goal in a 4–1 win, before being replaced by Divock Origi.[18]

Ahead of the 2016–17 season, Ojo sustained a fracture in his back and did not return to first team training until mid-November.[19]

Loan to Fulham[edit]

On 16 August 2017, Ojo joined Fulham on season-long loan.[20] He scored a double in a 5–4 win over Sheffield United, on 21 November.[21] He scored the winning goal in a 1–0 win over Birmingham City, on 9 December.[22] On 23 December, Ojo received a yellow card and scored in a 2–1 win over Barnsley.[23]

Loan to Stade de Reims[edit]

On 30 August 2018, Ojo signed a new contract with Liverpool and joined Stade de Reims on a season-long loan.[24]

International career[edit]

As Ojo was born in England, he is eligible to represent England and through his Nigerian heritage is also eligible to play for Nigeria in international football. Ojo has represented England at under-16, under-17, under-18 and under-19 levels. In his early teens, Ojo often played at a higher age group at international level, representing England U17s at the St George's Park Tournament in 2012 aged 15.[25] Ojo represented England U17s in the 2014 Algarve Tournament, with England coming second to Germany after a 1–0 loss in the final game.[26]

In September 2014, Ojo received his first England U18 call-up for a double header against the Netherlands. Ojo appeared in both games with England winning by an aggregate score of 7–2.[27] On 27 August 2015, Ojo received his first call-up to the England U19 team and played 90 minutes in a 3–2 away win over Germany.[28][29] Later in the same tournament, he started against France and helped The Young Lions secure a 2–1 win by providing 2 assists.[30]

2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup[edit]

Ojo was selected for the England under-20 team in the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup. Ojo made his start in tournament in the match against Guinea,[31] and was a substitute in a few other games, including the semifinal match against Italy in which he assisted in two of the goals.[32] In the final, Ojo came on as a substitute for Kieran Dowell in the 62nd minute. England beat Venezuela 1–0, which is England's first win in a global tournament since their World Cup victory of 1966.[33]

Personal life[edit]

Born in Hemel Hempstead, England, his name "Babajide" is a variant form of the Yoruba name: Babatunde, meaning "Father has Returned" or "Father Comes Back to Life".[34] During his time with the Liverpool Football Academy, Ojo was a student at Rainhill Media Arts College, in Rainhill, England.[35]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 16 September 2018
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Liverpool 2014–15[36] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2015–16[37] Premier League 8 0 3 1 0 0 11 1
2016–17[38] Premier League 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0
Total 8 0 5 1 0 0 0 0 13 1
Wigan Athletic (loan) 2014–15[36] Championship 11 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
Wolverhampton Wanderers (loan) 2015–16[37] Championship 17 2 0 0 2 1 19 3
Fulham (loan) 2017–18[39] Championship 22 4 1 0 1 0 24 4
Reims (loan) 2018–19[40] Ligue 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Career total 60 6 6 1 3 1 0 0 68 8

Honours[edit]

England U20

References[edit]

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  13. ^ "Wolverhampton Wanderers 2–1 Newport County". BBC Sport. 11 August 2015. Retrieved 15 November 2016. 
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  26. ^ Stonehouse, Gary (2 March 2014). "England Under-17 suffer late heartbreak in the Algarve". The Football Association. Archived from the original on 13 October 2014. Retrieved 30 January 2016. 
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  28. ^ Lynch, David (27 August 2015). "Rossiter and Ojo in England U19 squad". Liverpool F.C. Retrieved 30 January 2016. 
  29. ^ Stonehouse, Gary (4 September 2015). "England U19s pick up thrilling victory in Germany". The Football Association. Archived from the original on 5 February 2016. Retrieved 30 January 2016. 
  30. ^ Sanders, Emma (12 July 2016). "Sheyi Ojo provides two assists as England U19s defeat France". This Is Anfield. Retrieved 13 July 2016. 
  31. ^ Jones, Neil (26 May 2017). "Liverpool pair Ovie Ejaria and Sheyi Ojo help England continue their World Cup dream". Liverpool Echo. 
  32. ^ Chris Bascombe, Alistair Tweedale (8 June 2017). "England U20s 3 Italy U20s 1: Dominic Solanke fires Three Lions to first World Cup final since 1966". The Daily Telegraph. 
  33. ^ "Under-20 World Cup: England beat Venezuela in final". BBC Sport. 11 June 2017. 
  34. ^ "Babatunde". Behind the Name. Retrieved 15 November 2016. 
  35. ^ "LFC Academy Education Centre". Rainhill High School Media Arts College. Retrieved 28 August 2016. 
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  37. ^ a b "Games played by Sheyi Ojo in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 15 November 2016. 
  38. ^ "Games played by Sheyi Ojo in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 5 October 2017. 
  39. ^ "Games played by Sheyi Ojo in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 5 October 2017. 
  40. ^ "Games played by Sheyi Ojo in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 5 October 2017. 

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