Right from his days at Water FC in Abuja, it was obvious that there was something very special about Adewale Oladoye. His composure, tackling, reading of the game and passes were actually reminiscent of Patrick Viera. One thing about him is that his talent is immediately noticeable and within 15 minutes of watching him play, his skill set stands out.

Born in 2001, he joined Water FC at a young age and made rapid progress in the institution. He is very tall and this makes him to easily win aerial balls and he is also very good at scoring from corners as a result of his aerial strength. He is actually a defensive midfielder and his tackles are clean, accurate and precise. That is, he tackles effectively without conceding fouls. In fact, he averages over 2 tackles a game. He can also play as a center back but his best position is in central midfield or as a defensive midfielder. He is also an avid passer of the ball and on average, he has a passing accuracy of 85%. He is also capable of long balls to his strikers that can result in chances. In fact, he has passes that are reminiscent of Sunday Oliseh’s pass to Yekini in the 1994 African Cup of Nations. He can also assist in the process of creating chances. He is not just a ball winner but he can also contribute to attack with his long passes as indicated above.

As a result of his talent, he was picked for the Africa U-20 Cup of Nations qualification in 2020 at the Republic of Benin. He excelled in the competition and he was the cynosure of all eyes. In fact, European scouts were impressed with his brilliant performance in the match between Nigeria and Ivory Coast in which he was the man of the match despite being a defensive midfielder. The attention around him was similar to that of Mikel Obi after the 2005 nations cup. Out of the plethora of European clubs interested in him, he chose to sign for Gent in Belgium. As he was still very young and inexperienced, he was put in the youth team but such was his talent that he rose from the u-23 team to the main team within 2 months.

His debut game for Gent was sensational as even though he was subbed in with less than 15 minutes to go, he made a telling impact. He was involved in the build-up to a goal as his interception of a pass led to a goal. He also played in the Europa conference league and there he also had a memorable match in one of his games. In fact, he was inspirational in their match against RFS (a Latvian team) in Europe. His side was two goals down but he scored a goal with a powerful shot and he was also involved in the build-up for the second goal.

Generally, he is regarded as a player that is better than Wilfred Ndidi by the Belgian media as he is a better passer of the ball than him and in the nearest future, he should be able to fulfill his potential.


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