Why Sheffield Wednesday youngster Osaze Urhoghide is a manager's dream

There is no disputing the fact that Osaze Urhoghide's meteoric rise to prominence has captured the hearts and minds of the nation.

Wednesday, 8th January 2020, 4:45 pm
Updated Wednesday, 8th January 2020, 4:45 pm

Pundits, former players and fans hailed the youngster's refreshing post-match remarks after Wednesday's FA Cup triumph at Brighton and Hove Albion last Saturday.

The debutant barely put a foot wrong in the right-back position as Adam Reach's deflected second half strike set up a fourth round clash with Queens Park Rangers later this month.

And Owls youth coach Andy Holdsworth has backed Urhoghide to keep his feet on the floor after a promising start to his fledgling career.

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Holdsworth told The Star: "Knowing Osaze like I do, I don't think the attention will affect him.

"He is a great kid and always plays with a massive smile on his face.

“He just enjoys and loves playing football.

"It was pleasing to see him play well on Saturday.

Owls youngster Osaze Urhoghide receives a pat on the back from team-mate Kadeem Harris after his superb debut. Pic Steve Ellis
Owls youngster Osaze Urhoghide receives a pat on the back from team-mate Kadeem Harris after his superb debut. Pic Steve Ellis

"He went to a Premier League stadium and didn't look out of place. There are still things he needs to improve on, but what you will get with Osaze is the hard work, the graft, the intensity and the things to help team-mates.

"He will give you everything he has got at all times and that is the reason why he was selected to play at Brighton.

"The thing he has to try and do is keep the consistency levels in his performance high. That's the main thing for any young player.

"Young players are going to have spells where their confidence is low but he has got to try and challenge himself to keep performances high.

"He is in the manager's eye and he has to keep pushing to retain a place in the first-team."

The 141-second interview with Urhoghide on the club's official Twitter page has been viewed over 3.5million times.

“Osaze is exactly like what you saw on the video,” said Holdsworth. “He is laughing, joking and smiling all the time.

"He is one of the nicest people you will ever meet. There are no excuses with him. He will just get on with the job and play in any position that you ask him to play.”