Liverpool youngster Sheyi Ojo says he’s ‘really excited’ to have finally completed his season-long loan move to Fulham – and is targeting promotion to the Premier League with his new club.
The England under-20 international picked Craven Cottage as his destination ahead of a number of Fulham’s Championship rivals, including Derby County, Middlesbrough and Aston Villa, after a possible switch to newly-promoted Newcastle fell through. The 20 year-old, who helped his country win the World Cup in South Korea earlier this summer, told FulhamFCTV that the exciting brand of football encouraged by Slavisa Jokanovic played a big part in securing his signature:
I’m really excited. Fulham’s a massive club and they are definitely not a team that should be in the Championship, so my main aim would be to come here and help get us back in the Premier League. I’ve watched Fulham play a lot of times and the style of play is amazing to see – and, obviously, it’s going to be amazing to be a part of it, so I’m really looking forward to it.
Ojo comes to Fulham on the back of a busy summer and the buzz of success for his country has inspired him to chase more regular first-team football.
It was a crazy feeling. Obviously, to win a World Cup is special. To be a part of a really good group is a special thing as well and it is definitely going to go down in history as the first team to win it. I think there’s a lot more to come from the young talent in the England set-up.
I was a bit disappointed not to start the semi-final, but obviously coming on and helping the team was a special feeling and that’s kind of the stuff I want to be doing here whenever I’m given the opportunity to impact on the games and try and help the team get the three points. I’ve had two loan spells in the Championship when I was couple of years younger, but I feel like I’m ready now to really kick on and show people what I can do. I’m grateful to this club for giving me the opportunity to get regular game time and I’m relishing the opportunity.
The pacey forward, who became England’s most expensive teenager when he moved from MK Dons to Liverpool at the age of 14, has is unconcerned by Fulham’s depth in wide areas and wants to stake a claim for a regular starting spot.
Competition is part and parcel of football and at a club that’s doing well and striving for better things, there’s always going to be competition so I’m definitely ready for that. I’ll be looking to hopefully get my shirt and try and keep the shirt and help the team forward.