We could be set to see one of our current stars called up by the USA if reports by All Nigeria Soccer are to be believed.
They’re suggesting that with four goals in pre-season already, Jordan Adebayo-Smith could be on the radar of the USSF (United States Soccer Federation) for a call up to one of their junior squads.
As we know, he’s been catching the eye pre-season and did so in his spell with Grantham Town last season. Having just signed his first pro deal, he looks to be the next exciting young player to come out of the academy after Ellis Chapman.
Adebayo-Smith qualifies for both Nigeria and America, having been born in Californian to Nigerian parents. He’s also eligible to play for England, but he could become the first ever USA international to represent the Imps.
He bagged the only goal of our pre-season encounter with Sheffield Wednesday yesterday, scoring just minutes after coming on to reduce the three-goal deficit. Having bagged a hat trick against Gainsborough a week ago, the young attacker is the name on everyone’s lips.
He’s able to play out wide or through the centre and has been mentioned as a possible first team player ever since a stunning run of goals for our Under 18 side. He made his senior debut against Accrington last year as we drew 2-2, going out of the EFL Trophy on penalties.
He first came to the club’s attention with a pre-season goal against Derby County Under 23’s last summer, later claiming in the club programme he scores when he’s under pressure.
“I feel like I score when the pressure is on, it’s been like that all through my career,” he said.
“I really wanted to score that afternoon, there were a lot of people watching, including Danny and I really wanted to score. When I did, I was proud, it showed what I can contribute and what I can provide and it was such a good feeling.”
He also confirmed in the same interview his potential as a winger, something that surely makes him very attractive from the bench in terms of flexibility.
“Before I played as a striker, I was a winger and so movement is a big part of my game. I like to take on players and run with the ball, so any area of attack I feel I’ve got strengths. I think my strongest position is on the wing, but if I’m asked, I’ll do a shift through the middle as well.”
Who knows, with the USA interested in his talents, perhaps Nigeria or even England might want to give him youth honours before the season is out.