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Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Norwich City’s on-loan starlet Tom Adeyemi wants Chris Hughton to let him stay at Brentford to try and help the Bees’ League One promotion push.
Adeyemi – one of six members of Hughton’s squad currently plying their trade away from Norfolk – is due to return at the end of January, but the City academy graduate believes extending his stint in London is a win for all concerned.
The 21-year-old returned to the Brentford line up after a recent hamstring injury for the weekend 2-1 win at Notts County that saw Uwe Rosler’s men move level at the top alongside Tranmere.
“I would love to stay on,” he said. “I’ve really enjoyed my time here. I had a good run of games before my injury – even when I’ve been on the bench the manager’s looked to get me on.
“But a loan has to be agreed by both parties. I spoke to the manager at Norwich and he said he was happy with how things were going. From what he said it seemed he was happy for me to be here.”
Adeyemi is rapidly closing in on 100 senior league appearances after previous extended loan spells at Oldham and Bradford.
The Norwich-bred midfielder is loving life at Griffin Park following limited opportunity to impress at his hometown club since making his debut in the Canaries’ opening day League Once disaster against Colchester back in August 2009.
Adeyemi successfully came through 45 minutes at Meadow Lane at the weekend after missing over a month with a hamstring problem injured in the 1-0 League One win at Portsmouth.
“I am still not 100 per cent. I am still building my fitness,” he said. “I have done extra work during the week and I was delighted to be able to get on, put myself about and feel like I am part of it. I feel fine now; I felt really good at the start, had a dip to catch my breath and finished strongly. Considering I have been out for six weeks, I am happy with how I did.
“It’s difficult to be injured. On the night I did it, I looked at the fixtures and some of the games coming up – Sheffield United, MK Dons – and it was a big blow to miss them.
“I am delighted with how the team did; it has made it easier to come back in. I owe a lot to the medical team. There is a great set-up and compared to other places I have been on loan, this is miles better - it is closer to the Premier League. The infrastructure is outstanding.”
Adeyemi is convinced the unfashionable Bees have plenty of staying power approaching the festive period to try and maintain their Championship promotion bid.
“The lads are really pleased but we know you don’t win anything at Christmas,” he told Brentford’s official site.
“We have shown with the run we have had that a few wins can propel you up the table. It can work the other way as well. We know we have to be on it as other teams will think getting something against us is a real scalp. It’s difficult to be at the level you need be at for 90 minutes.”
• NORWICH CITY’S LOAN BRIGADE
• Elliott Ward on loan until December 29 at Championship club Nottingham Forest
• Tom Adeyemi on loan until January 31 at League One club Brentford
• Simon Lappin on loan until January 1 at Championship club Cardiff
• Jacob Butterfield on loan January 5 at Championship club Bolton
• Chris Martin on loan January 5 at League One club Swindon
• James Vaughan season-long loan to Championship club Huddersfield
• Dani Ayala season-long loan to Championship club Nottingham Forest
• Jed Steer and Korey Smith have just returned from loan spells at Cambridge United and Yeovil respectively.
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