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Adeboyejo: "It was special for me."

6 August 2018

20-year-old striker Victor Adeboyejo made the perfect bow at Oakwell against Oxford United on Saturday and he gave us his thoughts post-match.

The former Leyton Orient frontman entered the field for his first competitive appearance and it didn’t take long before he introduced himself to the crowd, showing a poacher’s instinct to grab his first goal.

The striker, who joined the Reds at the beginning of last season, netted 18 goals in the U23s during the 2017/18, which has earned him a shot at first team football this year.

“It was nice to get some minutes in and obviously the goal as well, it was special for me, you just can’t ask for any more than that on your debut,” he said.

“As a team, the boys have taken on board what the manager wanted throughout the week and displayed that on the pitch, so it was nice to see that come to life, I’m sure the manager will have been pleased.”

The Reds began the 4-0 demolition of Oxford United in the first half, as Mamadou Thiam, also found his first goals at Oakwell by rifling in two efforts from outside the box. Now playing as a winger, Victor knows that Thiam has the quality in him to produce those moments and feels the squad overall is strong at the minute.

“We all know Mama has a good shot, so it’s just a confidence thing for him. He needs to be finding the back of the net with those shots, so we’re delighted that he got two.

“The strength and depth in the squad is good right now, there is good competition all over the pitch so we’re all looking to keep ahead in training and in games, so it was nice to get on and get a goal myself, I’ll take 20 of them like that!”

After making his league debut a few years ago with Orient, Victor now wants to progress and become more of a regular feature in Daniel Stendel’s plans. There will be plenty of games for the Reds this season both in league and cup action for Victor to impress and he was delighted to get his first goal of the campaign.

“I was 16 when I made my debut for Leyton Orient in League One and a chance came along like that and I thought I had scored, but the referee didn’t give it, so it was nice to replay that moment again and get the goal this time. It wasn’t the hardest finish but I’ll happily take 20 like that!”

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