Norwich And Bradford Fans On What Leeds Should Expect From Adeyemi

The lowdown from those that know his strengths and weaknesses.
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The lowdown from those that know his strengths and weaknesses.

Keith Wildman - Bradford 

I really liked him when he played for Bradford City. 

He played central midfield during a forgettable time for the club. A time that seems light years away from where we are now. A time where players names flutter around the back of my memory just out of reach.

Tom Adeyemi is one I remember.

He got a bit of stick at times as he was only 18 years old but I thought he looked big, strong, and had a confident long stride.

I remember telling people I thought he'd be a Premier League player. For his age he looked good and had that Premier League physique you don't seem to get in the lower divisions. I could be wrong but I'm sure shared the distinction, along ex City captain David Wetherall, as being a dab hand at chemistry and turning down a place at Cambridge university to play football.

He'll probably be best remembered by City fans for scoring a thunderbolt last-second goal against Rotherham at Valley Parade. It appeared to thunder against the inside of the stanchion and then onto the line. After consulting the linesman - the only person in the ground who thought it went in - the referee gave the goal. City won the game and arch panto villain boss Ronnie Moore ranted hilariously on the touch line and was sacked the next day.

He left us to go back to Norwich where I think he played a few games. The next I heard of him he was at the centre of a racist fan row

Andrew Woods - Norwich

The timings were a little off for Tom Adeyemi at Norwich but many expected him to return to the club after several loan spells. 

That said, it's a decent, combative and lofty midfielder heading to West Yorkshire who should be looking to kick on in the Championship. With so many Leeds players having headed East in recent seasons to Norfolk it's maybe time that someone decent headed in the opposite direction, albeit from a third party. 

Norwich fans only got to see him play 17 times but he did receive the League One Apprentice of the Year award for 2009/10 after a solid shift, although he did start his career in the absolute horror show that was the 7/1 opening home defeat to Colchester United. And he showed absolute class in the racial disgrace at Anfield whilst at Oldham, without needing to resort to kung fu.

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