Crystal Palace fans have been treated to the sight of academy graduate Aaron Wan-Bissaka making his mark on the first-team in recent weeks but according to this report, we may have another star on our hands at a far younger age in the shape of Ademola Ola-Adebomi.
Despite the fact that he’s still in Palace’s U14s, the Nigerian FA have been quick to jump upon the possibility of encouraging him to represent the Golden Eagles at international level, given the heritage of both his parents, with the lad himself reported as being keen to explore the possibility.
Whilst I’m aware of the dangers associated with bigging up players who remain in the formative years of their development as both footballers and people, it’s good to know that the academy set-up is unearthing and developing the sort of talents who are catching the eye of international scouts so early on.
Having been on our books since the age of eight, Ademola looks all set to put pen to paper on a scholarship deal with us when he turns 16, ahead of a period that will prove crucial to his chances of making it in the professional game.
Of course, at this stage of a young player’s career, both their physical and technical growth will play a major role in whether or not they manage to make the step up to U18, U23 or first-team football; meaning that Ademola has a variety of hurdles to overcome before any of us should get too excited.
Having been categorised by the website football-wonderkids.co.uk as being similar in style to Romelu Lukaku thanks to his strength, pace and preference for use of his left foot, there is definitely a great deal of hype surrounding striker but with the academy coaches at our Beckenham training-base already well versed in dealing with supremely talented young players, I’m sure his head won’t be allowed to swell too big in the coming months.
You’d almost certainly never heard of Ademola prior to reading this, (I’ll admit I hadn’t until stumbling upon the above referenced piece) but his name is one I’ll be keeping an eye out for over the next year or so.
Watch this space.