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Youth Interview: Emmanuel Adeyeye says pre-season has set the under-18's up well for season opener

1 August 2014

Emmanuel Adeyeye was nominated as man-of-the-match for his performance against Ipswich Town by Academy Manager Ricky Duncan and now he wants to build on that display.

Adeyeye notched the third goal in the 3-0 success over the Tractor Boys, and he was as pleased about the result as he was about getting on the scoresheet: “It was a good game. We kept the ball well and we kept a clean sheet, which was the most important thing.” 

“I think the game went well for me. I got forward when I could do and I defended well, which is my job. I was happy about the goal, too. It’s my first of pre-season,” he noted. 

The left-back spent much of last season on the sidelines as Kane Farrell impressed in his natural position, and Adeyeye is hoping to follow in his former team-mate’s footsteps after seeing the Hertfordshire-based teenager earn a development contract with the club, “I’ve just got to carry on now because I think I’ll be starting this season and I’ve got to prove myself to get a professional contract.” 

“It’s what I’ve been waiting for. It was hard while Kane was playing well last year, and I couldn’t really complain, but I’ve got to try and copy him, do well and get something at the end of the year.” 

And, as the second-year scholar stood next to first-year midfielder Harry Phillips, he attributed the side’s impressive pre-season results to an excellent mixture of talent in to the two age bands.

“They can handle themselves, especially H! He’s doing well, and he started today, which is good for a first-year. We all get on, and that’s the most important thing. Everyone gets on well in our changing-room.” 

“We’re very confident about the new season. We’ve got a good team this year. Without being rude, I think we’ve got a better team than last year, which is good.” 

“I just want to contribute to the team, get some assists and goals, and defend. I want to help us keep as many clean sheets as I can,” declared Adeyeye in conclusion.

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