Former Norwich City starlet Tom Adeyemi links up with Canaries’ Championship promotion rivals Cardiff City

Norwich City's former midfielder Tom Adeyemi has completed his move to Cardiff City. Picture: David Davies/PA Wire. Norwich City's former midfielder Tom Adeyemi has completed his move to Cardiff City. Picture: David Davies/PA Wire.

Thursday, August 7, 2014
3:11 PM

Norwich-bred former Canaries’ midfielder Tom Adeyemi revealed he did not have to think twice before completing a move to City’s Championship promotion rivals Cardiff.

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Adeyemi sealed a switch from Birmingham for an undisclosed fee on Thursday after signing a three-year deal with the Bluebirds.

The 22-year-old was released by his hometown club in 2013 after making 17 senior appearances for the Canaries but Adeyemi is confident Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s squad will be in the with Norwich to make an instant Premier League return.

“I took no persuading from the manager to come,” he said. “It was a fantastic opportunity for me to work with somebody like him and to play for a club like Cardiff City. I’m very pleased that everything has been completed ahead of the season and now I can focus on fighting for a place in the side and helping us get the season off to a great start. From the outside looking in, Cardiff City has a very strong squad that will challenge for a quick return to the Premier League this season.”

Solksjaer admitted he had tracked Adeyemi’s career since his Norwich City youth days.

“I’ve been keeping an eye on Tom’s progress for a very long time. A few years ago, my Manchester United reserve side played against Norwich’s first team and Tom was their standout player,” he said. “He scored a great goal that day and stood out as a fine talent, even at that young age. Tom has a physical presence, drive and energy – up and down the pitch. He can dictate games and is great at winning and anticipating second balls. We’ve been interested all summer and I’m thrilled we’ve got our man ahead of the season kick-off. We are looking to the future and we want Tom and the others playing for us in the top flight next year.

“What’s more, Tom is an intelligent young man with a great personality – the kind of character we want around the training ground. He plays with a smile on his face and we’re very much looking forward to seeing him perform for Cardiff City.”

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12 comments

  • I meant with us Sharky. I liked De Laet but he became the blame guy while on loan at NCFC.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Amen to that, waclor. Mattias - Korey Smith signed for Bristol City this summer. He`s still reckoned to be a good player but he hasn`t perhaps reached the level he hoped. Tom Adeyemi may well prove to be more successful. With Cardiff`s promotion credentials, he could make it to the Prem! Then, he might`ve done that with us. I wonder what Adams thought of one of his starlets being released by the dunce?

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • I suspose the intelligence void between Tom and the Idiot formerly known as a manager was too great to bridge so he had to go. Like the belief divide with Grant Holt. What a total disaster that man was.

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    waclor

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Things worked out very well for Richie de Laet. I,m surprised mat didnt know that.

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    sharky

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • I don`t think we `sold` Tom. I don`t think we even got `compo`. I think Clueless Chris just `let him go`. My great aunt`s home help was step-mother to a guy who once sold Tom`s second cousin an out of date Toblerone. Fact. ;-) It was in Wroxham... It may have been a Twix in Catfield...

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • Korey was captain at Oldham but recently signed for Bristol City.

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    Pondlife

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • Well good luck Tom, but I think Cardiff are on a bit of a wing and a prayer.

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    cutty

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • Ah yes we released him. I couldnt remember if we just let him go for a snip due to the Premier League or not. Shame!Lambert always spoke of how mature Tom was for someone so young. Good on him for go away and doing so well. Always good to see. Anyone know how Korey Smiths doing. I was never overly keen but at League 1 level for his age he was superb under Lamberts brilliant man management. Last I heard he was captain of Oldham. Whether it was full time or just for a game as captain I dont know.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • My mate's son went to school with Tom and by all accounts he was a real good guy. I wish him all the best. I also agree with Kent Anglian.

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    el dingo

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • The fee will be interesting. As we released him, I doubt if there was a sell-on clause. As we were setting up for Premier League in 2013, it was probably the right and fairest thing to do in releasing him then, especially as he had been out on loan many times previously. Pity but let's wish the lad well.

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    Kent Anglian

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • shame he will be mentored by such a weak manager

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    JimBob

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • In fairness to Cardiff, Tom is just the kind of player they require to replace a very similar player they've just sold. What shocks me is a lot of Cardiffs transfer business appears very..........."normal", considering that fruit loop owner said he was going to be involved in all deals this summer. Another thing im wondering is whether there was a sell on clause included when we sold Tom. That would be a nice little bonus! (Side note: I was at the game Ole is talking about and it was a good goal from Tom! I also remember a certainly Richie De Laet playing virtually every position on the field during the game tearing us apart! Things didnt quite work out for him though.)

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

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