15/09/2020

Elijah Adebayo Working Hard to Be Ruthless In Front of Goal

Elijah Adebayo has spoken following Saturday's season-opening win over Grimsby.
Walsall striker Elijah Adebayo has spoken to club journalists after opening his goal-scoring account for the season during Saturday's League Two win over Grimsby Town and admitted he is working on being more ruthless in front of goal.

The 22-year-old former Fulham man slotted the ball home following Cameron Norman's cross to give his side three welcome points on the opening day of the league season, and is happy just to see his name on the scoresheet.

Elijah, who is in the early stages of his second season in WS1, went on to discuss some striker's tendency to 'overthink' goals and admitted he has working hard to make sure he is able to make the most of all and any goal-scoring opportunities that may come his way.

Speaking via the club's official website, Elijah said; "You have to keep getting in behind. We've worked the patterns in training about getting in, so it's about being ruthless when I get those opportunities.

"Making sure that the keeper doesn't stand a chance when I get in. Strikers like to overthink stuff and I'm always trying to out-wrong the goalkeeper and send him the wrong way. As long as it goes in the goal that's it really.

"I'm delighted with that. I scored eight tap-ins last year, but I'll take another one. You have to be in there to score so I'm delighted with that, a goal is a goal at the end of the day. It's got us the three points, so yeah happy."

Adebayo, who started the game ahead of occasional strike partner Caolan Lavery, went on to discuss the togetherness of the current Saddlers squad, admitting that the squad is continuing to gel as they look to build upon last season's mid-table finish.

Elijah continued; "From twelve months ago, we were a brand-new squad. Now we've been together for the last year and after the New Year you could see the team starting to gel.

"Now that we're all comfortable and know everyone's strengths and weaknesses, it's about building what we did at the back end of last season. We know that the cohesion between the group is great and it's about keeping that momentum."

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