The next challenge for Sheffield Wednesday teen sensation Osaze Urhoghide

Academy manager Steven Haslam has spoken of his pride over Osaze Urhoghide making the successful step up from Sheffield Wednesday's Under-23s to the first-team.

Tuesday, 14th January 2020, 4:45 pm
Updated Tuesday, 21st January 2020, 5:16 pm

Urhoghide, who was previously part of AFC Wimbledon's youth set up, has burst on the scene in 2020.

The 19-year-old, primarily a centre-half, has sparkled in the right-back position in the Owls' recent away victories over Brighton and Hove Albion and Leeds United.

Haslam told The Star: "He is a really humble, respected young lad. It was his dream to play football and he is desperate to do well.

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Owls youngster Osaze Urhoghide
Owls youngster Osaze Urhoghide

"He really enjoys and loves playing the game. He wants to play on the biggest stage.

"It is great to see him getting opportunities and performing well."

Urhoghide, drafted in by Wednesday on a free transfer last summer, predominantly featured for the U23s in the first half of the season.

But Urhoghide has frequently trained with the senior team in recent months.

"With all young players, you always think they have got potential," stated Haslam. "It is just how far they can go.

"We have seen Osaze improve over the last seven months.

"He has performed well in different positions. He is predominantly a centre-half but he has played left and right-back for the 23s.

"He has really thrived in the 23s."

Has Haslam been surprised by how quickly Urhoghide has adjusted to senior football?

He said: "In some ways yes, but in some ways no.

"We know what he is about and he has performed well in the 23s. He has been really consistent in the last couple of months at that level in every position he has played.

"It is early days still for him and he will have his own little targets along the way and he has to keep pushing and developing to see how far he can go in the game.

"I am sure he will keep his feet on the ground. HIs attitude is spot on.

"It is up to him to keep taking his opportunities. His next step is to establish himself as a regular starter in the team.”