Elijah Adebayo 'Can't Wait' to Get the Season Underway Elijah Adebayo 'Can't Wait' to Get the Season Underway

Elijah Adebayo 'Can't Wait' to Get the Season Underway

As he and his new teammates enjoy a Pre-Season Training Camp, summer signing Elijah Adebayo says he is settling into life at Banks's Stadium well, with the former Fulham striker delighted to have joined the club on a permanent basis following a series of loan spells.
Elijah, who joined Fulham as an eight-year-old in 2007, ended a nine-year stay with the Craven Cottage side by agreeing to a permanent switch to Darrell Clarke's Saddlers, and the Brent-born prospect believes the time is right to settle down and secure some first-team football.

Despite never making a first-team appearance for Fulham, Elijah, who stands at 6ft 4in tall, has notched up fifty appearances during loan spells with clubs such as Slough Town, Bognor Regis Town, Cheltenham Town, Swindon Town, and Stevenage, and he feels he is ready to kick-on.

Speaking to Express & Star reporter Joseph Masi, Elijah said; "It’s great to have joined Walsall on a permanent basis. When you go out on loan you always know you are going back to your parent club.

"But now my only focus is Walsall and proving myself here. The loans I have had have been great and they have taught me a lot about men’s football.

"I needed to get used to the physical and fitness side of men’s football. And now I just can’t wait to get the season underway and started."

Adebayo has already made his mark in pre-season, as he opened his goal-scoring account against Alfreton Town before bagging another as the Saddlers eased past Nuneaton Borough last weekend.

But the lively attacker insists he won’t be setting any individual goal-scoring targets before the new campaign as he continues to settle into life in the Black Country.

Elijah continued; "I don’t set targets, the aim is to score as many goals as possible. If you set targets then you can focus on them too much and if you don’t hit them it can get you down.

"Every game comes, it’s better to set targets for each game - that is a better way of looking at it, to go from there."

Adebayo then went on to talk about the club's trip to Poznan, admitting it has been 'great' for him and his new teammates to get away and get to know each other a little better.

The 21-year-old added; "It’s been nice to get away. I’ve settled in great. But it’s nice to get that extra time bonding and putting into practice what we want to do in the season.

"We are two weeks away from the season now so it’s important that everyone is on the same page."
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