English Championship club Fulham have confirmed the signing of Nigerian-born England U-20 World Cup winner Sheyi Ojo from Liverpool on a season-long loan deal.
Fulham made the announcement of Ojo’s loan move on their official website on Wednesday.
He will become teammates with Nigerian forward Sone Aluko at Fulham.
A statement on Fulham’s website reads: “The Club is delighted to announce the signing of Sheyi Ojo from Liverpool on a season-long loan.
“Ojo, who can operate across the front line, came through MK Dons’ academy before joining the Reds in a multi-million pound deal at the age of 14 in November 2011. He’d spent time training with the Dons’ first team prior to the switch.
“His first taste of professional football came during a loan spell with Wigan Athletic, where he made 11 appearances in the second half of the 2014/15 Sky Bet Championship campaign.
“Ojo was back in England’s second tier for the first half of the following term, scoring three times in 19 appearances for Wolverhampton Wanderers, including one at Craven Cottage.
“He made his debut for the Merseyside club in an FA Cup draw against Exeter City in January 2016, before scoring on his first appearance at Anfield as Liverpool won the Replay 3-0.
“A further nine run-outs followed for the youngster in 2015/16, including eight in the Barclays Premier League, which saw him contribute four assists.
“After featuring in all of England’s matches, scoring twice, at the Under-19 European Championship that summer as the Lions reached the Semi-Finals, a back injury hindered his start to the subsequent domestic campaign, although he still made two appearances for Liverpool in the FA Cup.
“He has represented his country at every age group from Under-16s to Under-20s, and was a part of history this summer as England won the U20 World Cup. The 20-year-old played in five of his nation’s matches, missing only the Round of 16 and Quarter-Final ties.
“His most impressive performance arguably came in the Semi-Final against Italy, where he came off the bench to make two goals in England’s 3-1 victory.
Commenting on Ojo’s loan move, Fulham’s Vice Chairman and Director of Football Operations, Tony Khan said: “I’m delighted to welcome Sheyi Ojo to the Fulham Football Club. I’ve had the pleasure of spending time with Sheyi and his family, and I’ve seen firsthand what a tremendous work ethic Sheyi has both on and off the pitch.
“He possesses fantastic physical talents and also carries himself with poise and class, and I know that he’s going to be a great addition to our squad.”
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