The teenage Sheffield Wednesday defender Osaze Urhoghide has travelled with the Owls’ squad for Saturday’s FA Cup third-round tie against Brighton and Hove Albion.

Urhoghide arrived at Wednesday after his AFC Wimbledon contract expired last summer.

And he is thought to have been the mystery player spotted sitting in the directors’ box at Hillsborough during the Owls’ pre-season friendly against Espanyol.

Since then, the 19-year-old has featured regularly for Wednesday’s Under-23 side, operating in both his favoured centre-half role as well as full-back.

And according to reports last month, he is wanted on loan by Scunthorpe United in January.

But Urhoghide’s Wednesday debut could come first.

The player of Nigerian descent was filmed by the Owls’ assistant manager Lee Bullen last night performing his initiation song at the team’s hotel – a long-standing tradition for those making their maiden away trip.

The Wednesday boss Garry Monk admitted at his press conference on Friday that he will make changes at Brighton after a busy festive period.

However, Bullen later played down the significance of Urhoghide’s presence, saying it is commonplace for young players to travel with the first-team squad.

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