Three reasons why Leeds should join promotion rivals in race to sign Premier League teenager
COMMENT By Will Butcher
Leeds should bolster their attacking ranks by joining Newcastle in the race to sign Liverpool winger Sheyi Ojo on loan.
With Garry Monk desperate to maintain the Yorkshire giants’ promotion charge in the second half of the Championship season, here are three reasons how Ojo would aid that:
Lack of wingers
Former Swansea boss Monk has just two recognised wingers available to him in Northern Ireland international Stuart Dallas and on-loan speed merchant Hadi Sacko. With a lack of depth out wide, the 37-year-old manager has been forced to play the likes of Kemar Roofe and Souleymane Doukara out wide. Bringing Ojo to Yorkshire on loan from Liverpool will provide the promotion chasers with quality out wide that has been proven in the Premier League for the Reds.
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The England Under-19’s international would be able to hit the ground running at Elland Road after loan spells with Wigan and Wolves have given him experience in England’s second tier. That will make him a better signing than other targets, as he will be able to offer quality to the side from the off. That could see Ojo, who can terrorise opposition defences with a great deal of pace and skill, prove to be a top signing under Monk with a Premier League return firmly in his sights.
Bring the best out of Wood
Ojo is renowned for his ability to reach the byline in a one-on-one situation with a full-back and provide dangerous crosses for his attacking teammates to finish. Making 12 appearances for Liverpool’s senior team, Ojo has produced four assists against the likes of Stoke, Swansea and Watford. That ability to turn provider could see Liverpool’s number 54 bring the best out of New Zealand international Chris Wood, who continues to fire Leeds up the Championship table. Scoring 17 goals in 29 league and cup games, Ojo could be crucial in helping Wood maintain his form.
In other Leeds transfer news, fans have reacted on Twitter to reported interest in Wood.