It is a huge leap from the third tier of the English game, but Ireland international Chidozzi Ogbene believes he has the ability and desire to play in the Premier League.
From last week’s FA Cup exit (on penalties) to QPR, things couldn’t have been much better for Ogbene or his club.
Rotherham top the League One table while the 24-year-old is fit and thrives in the wing-back role. His deal expires in the summer, but Rotherham have an option to extend it and the parties are in talks at the moment, so despite being linked to clubs from the higher divisions, largely due to his impressive international form, he Will likely be on board next season. ,
“I don’t think anything is going to happen, the club have made it clear that they are happy with me and I am happy with the position I am in,” Ogebene says on whether a move in the January window was likely.
“I am very happy at the club, we are doing well, at the top of League One, I missed a lot of football when we were in the championship, so I would like to make up for the opportunities I missed last time.
“I’m happy, the club is happy to have me. My goal at the start of the year was to win the league and get promotion with Rotherham. Should I achieve my goal, I’ll see where it takes me.”
As a member of Ireland’s squad, Ogbein has set standards in the top flight and that is his aim.
“I believe in my ability, I believe in myself, you can see that when I play with the national team I feel that I can play at that level,” he says.
“Ideally I want to play for Rotherham in the Premier League, everyone’s ambition is to play at the highest level. I want to reach the next level, I want to play in the Premier League and at the highest level. I try my best every day and see where it takes me.
“League One is still difficult, in League One it’s a different challenge, the teams are a lot more physical, the games are more physically demanding, so I’m confident I can play at another level, I’m ambitious, He said, exceeding those expectations on the international stage.
“We have the Nations League in June. I know it’s ambitious for me but we have four games in ten days, I believe we have what it takes to top the group.
“With the momentum to finish in the last campaign we can take it with us, we have what it takes to get to the top of the group and that’s what my ambitions are.”
While Ogbein is rich in the third tier, he feels for compatriot and fellow Cork man Adam Idah, who is having a tough time in the Premier League.
Idah have yet to score for the bottom of the Premier League this season and had a test night in a midweek loss to West Ham, while Aaron Connolly has been loaned to his Premier League side, and Troy Parrott. Also on loan and are a long way from the Premier League.
The pair are in regular contact and Ogbene tells Ida about battles of her own, especially the six months she missed last season due to a serious injury, to boost her confidence.
“Luck has to be played in football but persistence is key. You have to keep going with every disappointment. I talk to Adam a lot and I believe he has a lot of talent. He is clearly playing at a higher level than me,” he says.
“Time will tell, I’m 24, I’m much older than Adam and Troy Parrott, so age can help in terms of growth, and physicality is a big thing. Adam is a growing boy but he has a lot of talent and Very determined.
“For a young player at Norwich, where the budget is too high, sometimes Premier League teams are not patient enough with young players, especially when they are not getting results.
“I get an opportunity that Adam would not have. I had to take my time and wait for my opportunity, I was in Brentford, where I was in the same position as Adam, it was not working for me. I had to decide to come to Rotherham.
“It’s up to Adam, I think he’s ambitious enough, he wants to play football, I’ve told him to be patient, that’s what football is about, he’s going to make a decision very soon,” Ogebin Said, scoring goals this season on low but now getting used to his defensive role at club level.
“Of course I want to score more goals but I think I present a different threat at club level, I create chances for the team and that’s our style of play. You sacrifice your desires and end the season.” I get you better rewards.”