With Newcastle looking to make some strong additions to their squad this summer ahead of their return to the Premier League, The Times claim that they have been looking at Liverpool’s Sheyi Ojo.
It is understood that the Magpies are still in the hunt for the 20-year-old winger, despite the fact that Liverpool have already turned down a loan offer this summer, as per the Mirror in late June.
But fresh reports have alleged that Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez isn’t giving up his pursuit of Ojo just yet as he looks to build a youthful and experienced squad to secure top-flight survival next year.
What does the 20-year-old have to offer the Magpies?
Full of youthful exuberance and naivety, Sheyi Ojo has endured a frustrating start to life at Anfield since bursting on to the scene in 2016 and has only managed to feature 13 times in the 15 months since then.
Jurgen Klopp only awarded him two appearances throughout the whole of last season – in the FA Cup double-header with then League Two side Plymouth – and with the recent summer signing of Roma’s Mohamed Salah taking place there’s a big chance that he’ll feature equally little next year.
It’s a shame to see a player of his raw potential being stifled, but during England’s Under-20 World Cup triumph at the start of last month he proved that a lack of first-team football hasn’t knocked him back.
Used primarily as an impact substitute around the hour mark he displayed all of the qualities that have made him so desirable from a young age, running with intent and easily dribbling past his man.
During England’s 3-1 victory over Italy in the semi-final it was his arrival that changed the game completely and put England in the driving seat, running rings around the Italians by switching between both flanks at will and delivering dangerous balls into the box – earning himself two assists.
He’s a player that just revels with having the ball at his feet – if anything, one of his main critiques is trying to do too much sometimes – but more often than not he has the brute power to get to the by-line.
It is claimed that Klopp is more than happy to let him find first-team football at a different club for next season, despite those contradictory reports in the Mirror, but the most recent developments have now seen the Daily Mail’s Craig Hope suggest that Liverpool’s demands are too high for Newcastle to consider.
This, if true, could all-but see the Magpies’ interest end in the promising youngster, and see manager Benitez delve back into his transfer wish-list and find another man to enhance his attacking options.