Former Fox & New Imp Hot-shot Adi Just Needs Some Luck
Has the injury curse that wrecked Adi’s chances at Leicester City, Burton Albion and Tamworth FC struck again? Adi has started brightly at Lincoln with 3 goals and a few very near misses, but when he taken off after 25 minutes of the game again Boston Utd, you had to feel for the lad. This appears to be a hamstring pull, but STMI so hope lady luck will finally smile on a player who has the ability and desire to get a second bite at the Championship one day.
Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs.
Having impressed at the Leicester City Youth Academy under the Direction of John Rudkin and ex-Imp Trevor Peake (Nicky Eaden is also there as a coach) Adi was given a 3 year youth deal at 16. He was a regular in the U18′s and reserves, before going on loan to Tamworth at just 17. It was of no surprise as his trademarks, explosive acceleration and power, see him get behind defences to lethal effect. Alas that has been his downfall, with some last ditch tackles seeing him sit out seasons that have looked promising. A loan to Tamworth in 2010/11 was cut short after 2 goals (Eastbourne & Harriers) and 2 assists (Darlo & Harriers again) in just 6 starts.
It was not enough to earn a new deal at the Foxes as he was released along with 10 others when Sven-Göran Eriksson wielded the axe backed by New owners King Power International, who wanted instant success. Like Notts County they learned it takes more than a reputation and wads of cash to achieve that, with Nigel Pearson picking up not so few broken pieces, before moulding a side that achieved 6th in the Championship last season. Only Watford denied them a £120million shot this weekend.
Manager Paul Peschisolido rated Adi highly enough to give him a one year deal after an exciting pre-season. The 18 year old bided his time, scored in the 6-3 demolition of Barnet during the 2011/12 season, but failed to break into the starting line-up, with injury providing as big an obstacle as competition. Last season was a similar story with just 3 starts, plus 8 from the bench, before injury curtailed any first team involvement from October, leading to his release in May. It was a decent season for Burton, who nearly got promotion, beating Bradford 3-2 at Valley Parade before being edged out of the semi 4-5 on aggregate. Kee, Maghoma and Zola were also in fine form bagging 42 goals between them.
Adi, will go one of two ways now. If he finally breaks the injury sequence, that is well overdue odds-wise, then we have a winner. Remember Spencer Weir-Dayley? Well this lad can peel off the shoulder just like Spencer, but he also has the power to beat shrug off his man. A long-ball with him on the chase will have us out of our seats, more in expectation than just hope, as he has a great first touch and reasonably accurate shot on him. It’s like a bullet too and the 6 foot 1″ striker is aiming to be a real handful for a defender both in the air and on the ground.
This one is certainly a gamble on the manager’s part. But Adi is another lad who is coming here to prove his talent as opposed to sitting on a lucrative contract. He is lean he is mean and he is keen. Good Luck Adi , 3 goals to the good already you are part of a club on the turn, so let us hope it is catching!