Leeds man makes frank admission about time at Elland Road, adamant he deserves more chances

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Tom Adeyemi insists he should be getting in the Whites team more often but does not know whether an impressive performance for the Under-21s will help his cause.

Leeds United midfielder Tom Adeyemi has admitted to the club's official website that he has been frustrated by the lack of chances he has been given in the club's first team, and says that he does not know whether impressing for the Under-21s side will be enough to get him more senior game time.

The 24-year-old joined the Whites on a season-long loan deal from Cardiff City in the summer to link up with his former Brentford manager and then-United boss Uwe Rosler.

After a promising start during which he featured regularly for the Championship side, the former Norwich City and Birmingham City man has lost his place under Steve Evans.

After appearing for the senior side just four times in all competitions so far in 2016, Adeyemi played 90 minutes for the club's development side on Monday night, with the midfielder ineligible for Tuesday night's clash with his parent club.

He admitted to the club's website that he has been disheartened by his lack of opportunities and insisted he is deserving of a more regular place in Evans' side.

He said: "It's massively frustrating [not to be playing]. It's been really disappointing, I can't look at it any other way. I came here to play games and in recent times I haven't been able to do that.

"Opportunities have been hard to come by of late, but I still believe in myself, I believe I should be playing. But it's up to the manager and if I get another opportunity then I will do my best to take it and hopefully force my way in.

"I need to try and stay positive and hope that my opportunity will come again. I played well [on Monday], but whether that means anything I'm not too sure."

Three of Adeyemi's four appearances so far in 2016 have been as a substitute in the dying minutes of the match, with his only start for the club since December coming in the 1-1 draw with Fulham on 23 February.

Leeds, who are just nine points outside the relegation zone, could move up towards the safety of mid-table with victory at play-off contenders Cardiff on Tuesday.

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