Garry Monk expresses his pride in the debut performance of 'inspiration' Osaze Urhoghide at Premier League Brighton
Osaze Urhoghide’s performance at right-back was one of the very brightest of several bright sparks in Sheffield Wednesday’s 1-0 FA Cup third round win over Brighton & Hove Albion.
The 19-year-old, a shock inclusion in Garry Monk’s starting line-up for the clash, produced a memorable performance both going forward and in defence and was the talk of the terraces after the fixture.
And speaking after the match a delighted Monk, who when he arrived at Hillsborough expressed a determination to offer a pathway for younger players, expressed his ‘pride’ in the way young Urhoghide had performed.
“I’ve been really pleased with him,” he said, “He’s been training with us a lot as a lot of the other youngsters have.
“They’re always part of our preparations and stuff, so that they get a good insight into what it is to be a first team player.
“I’ve liked what I’ve seen, along with a few of the other youngsters.”
In an emotional interview the 19-year-old, released from his contract at AFC Wimbledon earlier this year before signing with the Owls, revealed that both his dad and brother had made the trip from London to watch.
And Monk said that while he has a long way to go to fulfil his potential, it is those moments that are among the very best in football.
“He should be very proud of himself,” Monk smiled.
“There are few things in football that are up there with seeing a young lad make his debut and start his journey with the club.
“The main thing is his attitude. He’s been with us quite regularly, he’s been in and out of our preparations and I felt he deserved that today.
“He’s got his rewards for his performances and his hard work. That should be an inspiration to the other younger players at the club and to himself.
“He knows what is expected of him now moving forward and he and his family should be very proud of him as we are as a club.”