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Central role is Nathanael Ogbeta's future aim

Wing-back starlet Nathanael Ogbeta hopes he can forge a career in central midfield – but is delighted at expanding his repertoire with Shrewsbury.

Nathanael Ogbeta of Shrewsbury Town (AMA)
Nathanael Ogbeta of Shrewsbury Town (AMA)

The 19-year-old has been a sensation since checking in from Premier League giants Manchester City on an 18-month deal in January.

The left-footed teenager has featured at left-back and left wing-back so far for Shrewsbury, but sees his own long-term future in the heart of midfield.

Ogbeta, who was also a left winger as a junior at City, said: “I’d love to play in midfield in the future. I feel like that’s where my attributes will show even more.

“I’m a very technical player and the way I play is very composed.

“But I think this exposure of left wing-back is helping my game all-round. I can’t complain, even though I have aspiration to play midfield, the ability to play in different positions will make my case even stronger.

“If teams need a left back, centre-back, midfielder or even a winger then I’m there and ready. But I definitely feel my attributes will suit midfield, but left-back and left wing-back too.”

Ogbeta, who is an England under-20 international of Nigeria and Jamaica descent, has admitted he was ready to leave boyhood club City to further his own career in a bid to make a name for himself.

He has earned rave reviews after starring in his first 11 games for Town.

The exciting teenager, who is living in Shrewsbury with his aunt and uncle, added: “It all depends on what the coach sees, I do hope I have a coach that sees that side of me in the future. But right now I’m happy with where I’m playing, learning and growing.

“It’s only helping my confidence on the ball, playing on the wing, you’re always under pressure. It’s helping me become more press-resistant as well.”

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