From beach to Bury, ex-Wanderer Obadeyi has a new Gigg
EX-WANDERERS starlet Temitope Obadeyi has got a brand new Gigg.
The one-time “next big thing” took the less-travelled route on his exit from the Reebok last summer, joining Portuguese club Rio Ave.
He lined up against Benfica and Porto and scored against Sporting Lisbon, but 12 months on he has returned to English shores to work his way up from the bottom of the Football League ladder with Bury.
Obadeyi – already an England youth international – was plucked from Coventry City’s academy by Wanderers in 2006 and appeared to be on the fast-track to the first team.
He was handed a chance at senior level by Gary Megson, who brought him on for three Premier League games against Wigan, Arsenal and Manchester United – but for the Birmingham-born front man, that is where the dream ended.
Loan spells with Swindon, Rochdale (twice), Shrewsbury and Chesterfield brought mixed success and it eventually came as little surprise when Owen Coyle opted to release him in the summer of 2012 after the club dropped into the Championship.
A year in Portugal appears to have re-focused the youngster, who is still only 23, and though he misses the Atlantic sunshine, he now has his sights fixed firmly on establishing himself with the Shakers.
“Playing at Rio Ave was a great experience,” he said. “The beaches were good and it was great playing against the big boys like Porto and Benfica.
“But I came back into league football in England to get going again and hopefully I can do that at Bury.”
Obadeyi came through the ranks with England alongside the likes of Daniel Sturridge, Andy Carroll and Scott Sinclair but has failed to nail down a regular starting spot, even after being converted to a winger during his latter days at Wanderers.
“Some people see me as a striker – and that’s where I played growing up,” he said. “When I was in the academy at Bolton I always played there but I think Owen Coyle saw me as a winger and since then that is where I have played most of my games.”