Dons teenager wows Premier League giants

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TALENTED teenager Seyi Ojo could swap the MK Dons Academy for that of Premier League giants Chelsea soon after making an impressive debut for England’s U16s last Monday.

Midfielder Ojo, 14, had been on the field no more than two minutes before he set up team-mate Mason Bennett to score England’s second of the game in their 3-1 Victory Shield win over Northern Ireland.

And his performance in the second half has prompted Premier League Chelsea to table a bid the Citizen understands to be, with incentives, potentially worth in the region of £1.5 million.

Dons boss Karl Robinson was at the B2Net Stadium in Chesterfield to watch Ojo make his England debut and heaped praise on the teenager, saying he could even go on to be the best in the country.

“He’s a talent,” Robinson said. “I was so proud of him. I spoke to his parents after the game and they were overjoyed.

“You can forget he’s still only 14, but he’s as good as what I’ve seen. I worked at the Liverpool Academy for six or seven years and I have seen some of the best players come through that system – and he is one of them!

“He has an arrogance and a bit of class about him that is unplayable. People are talking about him a lot already and he’s probably one of the best in the country. I’m sure the big clubs will come knocking.”

And despite his age, Robinson already believes that Ojo could make an impact in the first team at Dons, and says he will be in the team as soon as he is old enough, provided he doesn’t leave for Chelsea of another top flight club.

Robinson added: “The day that he’s old enough, he will be in my squad. That’s how good he is. He’s still a long way off yet.

“I told his parents not to let him be one of many, but to be the best. He showed with the best players in the country that he can hold his own.

“He has got an ability to bring the game to his pace. If he wants it to be quick, he’ll make it quick. That’s a maturity beyond his years. He’s technically gifted and he’s an athlete, but there’s so much more for him to do.”