Wembley target for Adeyemi if loan deal is extended
Norwich City midfielder Tom Adeyemi could be in line for a cup final appearance at Wembley – if his loan to Oldham Athletic is extended.
The 20-year-old scored the first goal in the Latics' 2-0 Johnstone's Paint Trophy northern area semi-final victory over Bradford City – the club where he spent last season on loan.
Oldham now play Chesterfield over two legs in the northern area final with a place at Wembley at stake against either Barnet or Swindon. But with the first leg not due until January 17 or 18, Adeyemi's loan will need to be extended if he is to play any further part in the competition.
Though Adeyemi's loan from Carrow Road ends on January 3, he is keen to extend his stay.
'We have a real togetherness in the team but whether I stay will probably be out of my hands,' he told Oldham's official website.
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'I am enjoying my time here and am very happy here. If I get the opportunity to stay, I would love to.'
Adeyemi broke the deadlock on the hour before Shefki Kuqi wrapped up victory, but the young Canary was lucky to be on the field due to illness. He was violently sick at half-time – seven times – and was last to return to the pitch. His sickness was possibly the result of too many fitness drinks, but the goal was a swift remedy.
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'It is a great feeling to be in the next round and a step closer to Wembley. And on a personal note, it is nice that I have managed to pop up with a goal,' he explained.
Oldham boss Paul Dickov hopes to keep all his loan players at Boundary Park for the rest of the season, with that possible trip to Wembley on March 25.
The loans of Adeyemi, Nathan Clarke, Luca Scapuzzi and Andrea Mancini all expire in early January while Robbie Simpson's three months is up on Saturday.
Dickov said: 'We are hoping to extend the stays of all the loan players and things like the win against Bradford can only help us financially.'