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Introducing Fisayo Adarabioyo

In amongst the contract details announced yesterday by the club there was the news that midfielder Fisayo Adarabioyo has been given his first professional deal that will keep him tied to the club until 2014 – a great finish to the youngster’s first season at the club.

Fisayo Adarabioyo came to Blues from the Manchester City Academy setup, where his younger brother Tosin plays for the under-16s. He made his debut there for the u18s as a sixteen year old as a substitute against Bolton Wanderers in the FA Academy Premier League last season and made one further sub appearance for that side before he came to Blues.

This season Fisayo has made 18 appearances (out of a maximum 28) for the Blues Academy u18 team, starting eleven games and scoring one goal in the 3-3 draw with Leicester. This is despite being one of the younger members of the academy team – he would still eligible to play for the u18s next year under the current rules.

On top of that he has made two appearances for the reserves – once in the starting eleven which drew 0-0 against Alvechurch in the Birmingham Senior Cup and once as a sub in a reserve team friendly against Shrewsbury Town which Blues won 2-1.

Fisayo also featured in the Sheik Hamdan Tournament out in Dubai, scoring goals against Hatta Club, Al-Wasl and RC Lens in a youthful Blues u19 side that finished the tournament fourth.

I’ll confess that I’ve not seen Fisayo play yet but I think the fact that he has been offered a two-year deal must mean that the club rate him highly and want to tie him down; none of the other youngsters offered deals yesterday got longer than a year and were all in the year group above Adarabioyo.

In saying that too much cannot be expected of the youngster yet; I suspect that next season he’ll be looking to play in the new EPPP-backed u21 team that will replace the current Academy League setup. However, I hope you will join me in looking out for his name and hoping that Blues have unearthed another gem.


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