One of Sheffield Wednesday boss Garry Monk's big selection dilemmas ahead of Leeds United clash

One of the big selection dilemmas facing Garry Monk ahead of their daunting trip to Leeds United is who to play at right-back.

Friday, 10th January 2020, 4:15 pm
Updated Friday, 10th January 2020, 7:02 pm

Will teen sensation Osaze Urhoghide make his league debut at the home of the Championship leaders? Or will Monk opt to take Urhoghide out of the firing line and select a more experienced player in that role for one of their toughest assignments of the season?

It is a tough call, but that is why Monk is paid the big bucks.

Morgan Fox, Urhoghide's team-mate, was quick to praise the youngster after his solid display in the FA Cup win at Brighton and Hove Albion.

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"I thought he was class," Fox told The Star.

"Everyone saw the interview of him after the game but that is him on a daily basis.

"He always has a smile on his face and works hard. He is a great kid.

"He has been brilliant in training and waited for his time (to play).

Owls youngster Osaze Urhoghide receives the applause of his team mates Dominic Iorfa and Joey Pelupessy after his senior debut. Pic Steve Ellis

"The manager gave him his chance (at Brighton) and I thought he took it as well. He played really well."

The left-back, though, said people must not expect too much too soon from 19-year-old Urhoghide.

"He is only a young lad coming through," said Fox.

"Everyone is going to get excited when he puts in a performance like he did at Brighton and he deserves all the credit coming his way.

"He is a good kid, keeps his head down and gets on with his work."

Urhoghide joined the Owls last summer, having been released by AFC Wimbledon.

Speaking to The Athletic, first-team coach Neil Thompson said: “He had a knockback at AFC Wimbledon; he has come here and it’s all about bouncing back from knockbacks in football.

“It happens all the time to a lot of players and the ones who can bounce back and really keep believing in themselves are the ones who are going to succeed and Osaze has done that. But he’s on the first rung of the ladder. He’s someone who will keep his feet on the ground and will keep working hard.”