Teen starlet Osaze Urhoghide opens up on his Sheffield Wednesday aspirations

Rising star Osaze Urhoghide is determined to build on his eye-catching senior debut and help Sheffield Wednesday secure promotion to the Premier League.

Wednesday, 8th January 2020, 11:42 am
Updated Wednesday, 8th January 2020, 4:04 pm

Urhoghide shone in the right-back position as the Owls claimed a morale-boosting FA Cup win over Premier League Brighton and Hove Albion last weekend.

Garry Monk’s side arrived on the south coast eighth in the Championship, two points shy of the play-off positions after a three-match losing run.

But victory over the Seagulls has raised spirits around Hillsborough as Monk's men prepare to return to league action with a tough-looking trip to table-topping Leeds United looming on the horizon.

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"This club has big dreams," Urhoghide told The Star. "We want to get back into the Premier League. That's our goal whether it is through automatics or the play-offs.

"The team has big standards and we want to go up."

Wednesday, who are looking to strengthen their attacking options in the January transfer window, have dropped a whopping 15 points from winning positions this season. Late lapses in concentration have cost the Owls time and time again and Urhoghide accepts they must cut out the errors if they are to kick on.

He said: "We have lost a lot of points late in games. We have to keep working hard and stay focused at the end of games."

With Liam Palmer still sidelined by an ankle injury, Urhoghide is hoping for an extended run in the side.

The 19-year-old, released by AFC Wimbledon last summer, said: "I am going in the right direction but I have to keep pushing on. I know I have to keep working hard.

“Hopefully I can be in the team and be in and around the team and get another game.

Urhoghide, contracted to the Wednesday until the end of the season, is in the frame to make his first league appearance when Monk's troops head to Elland Road this weekend.

Osaze Urhoghide receives the applause of his team mates Morgan Fox and Cameron Dawson after his fine display against Brighton. Pic Steve Ellis

"It is a big game," he said. "There is huge rivalry between the clubs.

"Hopefully I can play against them.”