Leeds United midfielder Tom Adeyemi appeared to play down the idea of setting himself a goals target for the season, when he spoke to the Yorkshire Evening Post.
Adeyemi bagged a goal in Leeds’ win against Derby County in their last game before the international break, but he’s appeared cautious in terms of setting himself a target for the season.
The reason? The deep lying position he’s been urged to play by manager Uwe Rosler, since he arrived at the club earlier in the summer.
“In terms of a target, it’s difficult for me because I’m playing in a holding position where there’s not as much licence to get forward but I’m going to try and get as many as I can. Double figures might be a bit of a stretch, but who knows?” he told the Yorkshire Evening Post.
Must take care of his main role first
Leeds have other players who are more creative and experienced when it comes to attacking and scoring goals in big games.
Adeyemi’s main job in the team is to provide that element of control in midfield, which allows the other players around him to flourish.
He may not score another goal again this season, but Rosler won’t be in the least bit bothered if he’s doing his primary defensive job effectively.
There’s no harm in him getting forward to create an extra threat at controlled times such as set pieces but he needs to show a constant awareness of his responsibility as a holding midfielder, to ensure that he doesn’t leave a gap in behind which can be exploited.