Chelsea are in the hunt for youngster Ojo

Hemel teenager Seyi Ojo, 14, from MK Dons academy.
Hemel teenager Seyi Ojo, 14, from MK Dons academy.
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HEMEL teenager Seyi Ojo could swap the MK Dons Academy for that of Premier League side Chelsea 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 Chelsea to table a bid the Gazette understands to be, with incentives, within the region of £1.5 million.

Dons manager Karl Robinson was at the B2Net Stadium in Chesterfield to watch Ojo make his England debut, heaping praise on the teenager.

“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 forget he’s still only 14. He’s as good as I’ve seen. I worked at Liverpool Academy for six or seven years and I’ve 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 already and he’s probably one of the best in the country.

“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, he’s an athlete, but there is so much more for him to do.”