When Rotherham United captured Chiedozie Ogbene at the end of August we were promised one of the quickest wingers in the division. And when he was at Brentford it is thought he was the record holder at 10.7 metres per second.
To be honest, what I’ve seen of the twenty-two year old I have been impressed, though that’s mainly off the bench – although he did play all but twenty minutes in his debut at home to Tranmere just a couple of days after he’d joined. He got his first start on Saturday and was just one of eleven who did little to impress.
After the loss at home to Wycombe, Chiedozie told iFOLLOW that he didn’t think there were enough ‘individual performances’ on the afternoon.
‘Physically I felt I could handle the game,’ the Nigerian born winger said, ‘and I was glad to play to get my fitness up but I know I have to improve on other stuff to help the team. But I was disappointed because I see the work we put in and the work the manager puts in for us and for us to not show up today it’s sad.’
It is sad. I think we all know the effort that’s put in during training and the effort the lads put in the during the mid-week game against Ipswich to come back home and for most of them not to turn up was the most frustrating thing for me.
Asked about the performances in the last two home games – which were both losses – Chiedozie commented, ‘At home we should be playing the best of the football. Maybe it’s a psychological thing and something we need to get rid of as soon as possible. I feel like the manager and the fans are doing all they can.’
Chiedozie hasn’t played much since coming to the New York Stadium because of a hamstring which he said ‘shocked’ him as he hasn’t had many injuries in his past. But he says he is now injury free and has settled in at the club well.