Adeyemi aims for another promotion

PUBLISHED: 10:45 15 July 2010 | UPDATED: 17:24 10 September 2010

Teenage Norwich City midfielder Tom Adeyemi is hoping to be part of a promotion-winning squad for the second season in a row - after joining Bradford City on a six-month loan.

Teenage Norwich City midfielder Tom Adeyemi is hoping to be part of a promotion-winning squad for the second season in a row - after joining Bradford City on a six-month loan.

As reported in yesterday's Evening News, the 18-year-old has joined the League Two club to gain first team experience with his opportunities limited by the arrival of three new midfielders at Carrow Road during the close season.

Adeyemi was at Valley Parade yesterday to complete the formalities of his loan, which runs until January 12.

Bantams boss Peter Taylor said he was “very lucky” to secure the services of a player who made 17 senior appearances for the Canaries last season, 11 of them in League One.

Adeyemi said he could see the similarities between Bradford and his parent club, and hopes to help his temporary employers achieve their own promotion ambitions.

He said: “Everything about this club, from the facilities to the manager to the players - none of it belongs in this league.

“But many of the teams see coming to this stadium as their cup final and will be more up for it than any other game. It was like that with Norwich after we went down.

“But there's no point in playing football if there was no pressure. I like to thrive on that.

“You have to perform every week and if you don't people have the right to get upset.

“My ultimate ambitions do lie back at Norwich but it's really good for me to come to a club as big as this. It is probably a bigger club than Norwich in terms of history.

“To play as many games as possible would be ideal for my development. Hopefully I'll be able to give something back in terms of my performances and the results we get on the pitch.”

The arrival of Andrew Surman, Andrew Crofts and David Fox during the summer has given Norwich boss Paul Lambert plenty of midfield options.

Lambert said: “It's good for Tom to go out on loan to a big club like Bradford for six months. It'll do his development a world of good and it'll benefit both Tom himself and Norwich City.”

Taylor, who spotted Adeyemi's promise when he played against Wycombe last season, beat a queue of clubs for his signature.

“There were a lorry load of teams who wanted him so we're very lucky. He is a real player," said Taylor.

“The size of Bradford City has certainly helped because it will give Tom the chance to get used to handling big crowds which is what he'll expect playing for Norwich.

“He is potentially a very good player who is going to get better. He's a lovely size and athlete.

“You sign loan players at times to see if you like them and then see if you can get them permanently. We know that Tom is definitely going to go back to Norwich.

“We're going to try to help his career by playing a lot of football here and hopefully doing very well for this club"

Although Adeyemi has signed until January 12, Bradford will look to extend the loan for the season if things work out. He believes his game can develop under Taylor's tuition.

“One of the main attractions of Bradford for me was the manager because he's got a great history of working with younger players,” said Adeyemi.

“I've got aspirations for the future and hopefully he can help me along with that journey.”

Adeyemi was named League One Apprentice of the Year last season, when he made 17 senior appearances for the Canaries.

He made his debut as a substitute in the 7-1 home defeat by Lambert's Colchester on the opening day of the season.

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