Starlet is left out in cold after Dale debut
DANIEL Adshead became the youngest player in Rochdale’s history last week – but wasn’t allowed to get changed with his team-mates.
The Manchester schoolboy was part of the Dale side that beat Bury in the Checkatrade Trophy, making his debut at just 16 years and 17 days old.
But due to child protection regulations he had to wait until an hour after the final whistle before getting out of his kit.
Adshead was given use of the room used by the match officials – but only after they had finished with it.
So while his colleagues celebrated victory in the visitors’ changing room, the youngster was left outside.
It is understood that Adshead changed on his own before kick-off. There is no suggestion either club has done anything but abide by current procedures regarding the safeguarding of minors.
A bright future for the midfielder has been predicted since the age of 14 when he first started training with the firstteam during the school holidays.
During term-time he is only allowed to practice with them on Thursday evenings.
He is in the final year of his studies at Wright Robinson College in Gorton – the same school attended by exManchester United legend and former England international Nicky Butt.
Manager Keith Hill said after the final whistle: “I always intended to reward Dan for what I believe he can become and for what he’s doing now because he deserves it.”
Adshead, who already stands at over 6ft tall, has been on the radar of the big clubs since he attracted attention with his promotion to join in with Rochdale’s firstteam.
The Premier League’s top sides – from Manchester City and Manchester United to Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool, Spurs and Everton – have all been to watch the youngster.
European giants Barcelona and Bayern Munich have also been watching the player over the last two years, and are also expected to join the battle for his services.
However, Adshead is not due to leave school until next May – after which he is expected to move on
Judging by his progress so far, he clearly will not be short of options with Dale braced for numerous approaches.
●●Daniel Adshead became Dale’s youngest ever player – but couldn’t change with his teammates