Name: Hakeeb Adelakun
Born: 11 June 1996, Hackney, London
Former Club: Bristol City
Fee: Free Agent
Contract Expires: n/a (according to transfermarkt)
2021/22: 1 (2) Goals 0 (as of August 15th, 2021)
Hakeeb Adeola Abiola Ayinde O. O. J. Adelakun, known as Hakeeb Adelakun, spent time with Crystal Palace and West Ham United as a youngster, both sides within a commute of his native Hackney. He didn’t appear for either professionally, and upon leaving the Hammers, he signed for Scunthorpe United.
He became the Iron’s youngest player at the age of 16 years and 201 days when he made his debut in 2012, coming on as a sub in a 1-0 defeat at Tranmere. In 2013/14, he grabbed a regular place in the side, playing 28 matches and scoring twice. His first goal came as he appeared as a sub in a 3-1 win against Torquay, bagging within five minutes of coming on. At the end of the season, Scunthorpe were promoted to League One.
He dipped in form, and four years after his debut, he found himself out of the team amidst rumours he might be released. Instead, he fought back, impressing against Northampton in the 2017/18 FA Cup, winning the EFL Young Player of the Month.
At the end of the 2017/18 season, with four goals and 11 assists in League One, he left Scunthorpe on a free transfer, heading to Championship side Bristol City. He had appeared 169 times for the Iron, 111 of those in League One.
Hakeeb struggled to make an impact with the Robins, suffering from niggly injuries which restricted him to just seven Championship appearances and not a single one that lasted ninety minutes. In 2019/20, he joined Rotherham on loan, appearing nine times as they were promoted from League One. In 2020/21, he joined Hull City on loan, playing 14 matches and scoring three goals, but he was recalled halfway through the campaign.
He was released by Bristol City at the end of the 2020/21 season, signing for the Imps. He made his debut away at Gillingham, and his first started in the 2-2 draw with Shrewsbury in the Carabao Cup, but he had been withdrawn before they took the tie on penalties.
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