Super-brainy, a £1 million fee and promotion heartache ... Here are a few facts you might not know about Rotherham United’s latest signing, Tom Adeyemi
Adeyemi came through the ranks at Norwich City and was named League One Apprentice of the Year at the Football League Awards in 2010.
He was born in Milton Keyes, is a Spurs supporter and, despite being only 24, already has more than 200 senior appearances to his name.
Adeyemi is a clever lad. He could have gone to Cambridge, and I don’t mean the football team. He turned down a university place there to pursue his football career. He achieved A* grades in his biology and chemistry A-levels and a mere A in mathematics.
Having started out with the Canaries, he had loan spells with Bradford City, Oldham Athletic and Brentford, before signing for Birmingham City in 2013 and then, a year later, Cardiff City, who gave him a three-year deal and paid a reported £1 million plus add-ons for his services.
He played for Brentford in that famous 2013 League One promotion-decider between the Bees and Doncaster Rovers. Brentford missed a last-minute penalty which would have taken them up and Rovers went straight down to the other end and scored the winner which earned them a place in the Championship instead. Adeyemi was also in the Bees team that went on to lose 2-1 to Yeovil Town in the play-off final.
He spent much of last season on loan at Leeds United and played at Elland Road in November 2015 when Rotherham won there 1-0 to record their first victory under then-manager Neil Redfearn.