Leicester City expected great things of Adi, but injury wrecked his chances at the Walkers Stadium. Ditto Tamworth FC and Burton Albion, who saw enough in pre-season to sign him for a year. So just who is Adi Yussuf and, will lady luck finally smile on a player who has the ability and desire to get a second bite at the championship?
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 the mystery injury leading to an abundance of hamstring and other strain injuries, 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 axed 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 anyone over 100 yards. 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 accurate shot on him. It’s like a bullet too and the 6 foot 1″ striker is a real handful for a defnder 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 you are joining a club on the turn, let us hope it is catching!