HAPPY AL­BERT EN­JOYS LAST LAUGH

Adomah moves on at last

The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Chris Dunlavy

WAYNE Rooney and Luis Suarez could learn a thing or two from Mid­dles­brough’s new winger Al­bert Adomah.

Rel­e­gated to League One with Bris­tol City last sea­son, the skil­ful 25-year-was des­per­ate to leave and even slapped in a trans­fer re­quest.

But un­like the Pre­mier League prima don­nas, he didn’t ag­i­tate for a move or kick up a stink in the Press – even af­ter big-spend­ing Wi­gan had two bids re­jected.

In­stead, he kept his head down, kept train­ing and this week saw his pa­tience rewarded with a £1m switch to pro­mo­tion hope­fuls Mid­dles­brough.

“It’s been a long sum­mer,” laughs the like­able Lon­doner, who played over 150 games for City and was named player of the year in 2010-11.

“One minute I was sup­posed to go to Wi­gan. The next minute, the deal was off. Then it was back on. There was spec­u­la­tion ev­ery week; this team was sup­posed to com­ing in, ru­mours left, right and cen­tre.

“I was train­ing with Bris­tol all along, al­though I wasn’t al­lowed to play games or go on tour in case I had to move.

“So when they left, I just had to sit and wait for them to come back be­fore I could train again. It was frus­trat­ing but you have to con­duct your­self prop­erly.

“I could have re­fused to train and said ‘I won’t kick a ball un­til you sell me’. But that wouldn’t have helped any­one. I never un­der­stand why play­ers do that be­cause you end up un­fit when you move.

“Also, the sup­port­ers ap­pre­ci­ated me a lot at Bris­tol City, so I wanted to be­have prop­erly when I left.

“Nor­mally, sup­port­ers see a trans­fer re­quest and say ‘He doesn’t care, he’s got a bad at­ti­tude’. But they knew why I did it.

“One rea­son was to show other clubs that I was avail­able and will­ing to move. The other was in­ter­na­tional football.

“No dis­re­spect to League One, but not many national coaches will watch it. Even if I was play­ing well, a player in a higher di­vi­sion is more likely to be se­lected. I only just got into the pic­ture with Ghana and I couldn’t risk that.

“I was hon­est about that and if you ask the fans at Bris­tol I’m sure they’d say it was the right thing for me to move.”

In­deed they have – City’s on­line mes­sage­boards are full of glow­ing trib­utes and good tid­ings for the man who Boro fans are hop­ing will change their for­tunes.

Im­mense

Rel­e­gated from the Pre­mier League in 2009, the Teesiders haven’t even made the play-offs un­der first Gor­don Stra­chan and now Tony Mow­bray, with crowds suf­fer­ing badly as a re­sult.

But Adomah, who started out at Non-League Har­row Bor­ough while train­ing to be a dec­o­ra­tor, says the club is ready for a re­turn to the top flight.

“It’s a mas­sive club,” he said. “I went round the train­ing com­plex and it was Pre­mier League stan­dard, absolutely im­mense.

“With the play­ers there and fa­cil­i­ties like that, pro­mo­tion has to be the next step. I’m in no doubt we can reach the play-offs, but I think the aim for ev­ery­body should be au­to­matic.

“Peo­ple talk about the crowds but once we’re do­ing well, peo­ple will fol­low us. It’s the same every­where.”

And while Tee­side is a long way from Lam­beth, where Adomah was born, the Ghana in­ter­na­tional isn’t wor­ried about feel­ing home­sick.

“It’s a long way, but so was Bris­tol,” he says. “I’d never played out­side of Lon­don and it was a new city, new peo­ple.

“Now I’m four hours from home but it’s no big deal. As a foot­baller, you have to be pre­pared to move wher­ever the op­por­tu­ni­ties are.

“You could love liv­ing in Lon­don but what if Bay­ern Mu­nich wanted to buy you? Would you say ‘No, sorry, it’s too far away’? No way. You have to be pro­fes­sional and I’m sure I’ll love it here.”

PIC­TURE: Ac­tion Im­ages

PA­TIENCE PAYS OFF: Al­bert Adomah in ac­tion for Bris­tol City last sea­son

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