Albert Adomah wants to end quasi-man status and live the dream with boyhood club QPR
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Albert Adomah has played 458 times in the Championship, more than any other outfield player since the division was renamed under that name, but only twice in the Premier League.
In fact, a record second-tier career that took at six clubs over a dozen seasons saw the QPR man earn as many promotions to English football’s top flight as he did appearances.
Given their rarity, it’s no surprise that he has little trouble remembering both games. “The first was against Stoke [for Middlesbrough],” he said. “I helped set up Alvaro Negredo to score, I think, he had just signed. And then second was Sunderland, we won 2-1.
The matches came nine days apart, in August 2016, months after Adomah helped send Boro back to the Premier League, but by the time the summer transfer window had closed he was on his way. is found in the championship, sold to Aston Villa in a movement that is explained by the “circumstances” and “some personal reasons”.
“I thought I had reached the Promised Land,” he adds. “But I guess it wasn’t the Promised Land for me.”
It would be quite an unlucky story if history didn’t repeat itself just three years later when, having climbed the promotion ladder with Villa, Adomah again landed on a snake, falling back into the Championship after being deemed surplus. against the requirements. Dean Smith.
“I was at the end of the contract,” he explains. “I had been top scorer the previous year and I thought I would be rewarded with a new contract, but it never worked out. It was one of my lowest points.
“There is no loyalty in football and it hurts me to say that. I’m sure if it was anyone else they would have gotten what they deserved, anyone in a business or a professional life – if you do well, you are rewarded. I just felt like I was abandoned, I was hurt. It was that: ‘Bye, bye, thanks for the help’, and I had to move on.
It would have put off even the brightest and toughest of characters, and Adomah is certainly the one, recognized as one of the nicest men in football, adored by fans at every club he’s been on his way to. towards the pyramid from non-league Harrow. District, followed by the affectionate nickname Uncle Albert.
“I think it started at Bristol City,” he laughs. “Obviously with the name Albert and Only Fools and Horses it was fine, but it was more about how I acted. I was more mature and the young people were like, ‘Look at that uncle!’
Nowhere, however, has Adomah been more beloved than where he finds himself at the moment, pushing for a third promotion, this time with the club he supported as a boy.
“I used to play outside Loftus Road – they’ve turned it into a five-a-side football hall now,” he says. “We called it The Rubber because the grass was full of these bits of rubber.
“As a lad down the street, walking past the stadium, I never thought they would sign me. I can’t put it into words – you have to be in my shoes to feel it, that’s simply incredible.
Adomah has endeared himself to the Rs faithful for years, barely celebrating a winning double for Villa at Loftus Road in 2017, despite having no attachment to the club beyond an emotional attachment until he signed for them three years later.
If I were to gain promotion with my boyhood club – and play more than two Premier League games, I could retire happily.
But his performances this season – repurposed as a full-back – have taken things to another level, with the 34-year-old playing a crucial role in a fledgling young team that is right in the mix for automatic promotion.
“That would top anything,” he said, in response to the obvious question. “If I were to get promoted with my boyhood club – and play more than two Premier League games, I could retire and be happy.”
Amidst the romance, however, there’s a tinge of dread when you realize Adomah’s contract is due at the end of the season. Not yet, surely…
“I’m ready for QPR not to let me down,” he said. “I hope they will help me. I’m sure my childhood club won’t let me down.
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