It feels strange to suggest that Tom Adeyemi emerged from the 2016/17 season with his reputation enhanced. After all, Rotherham United, who the midfielder joined on loan from Cardiff City, picked up the fewest points in a second tier season since three were introduced for a win.
Yet, scoring six goals from midfield, Adeyemi offered a timely reminder of his all-round ability after a difficult couple of seasons at Cardiff City and Leeds United.
Tom Adeyemi started his career in Norwich before moving to Birmingham City in 2013
As a result, while much of Rotherham’s ailing squad are preparing for life in League One, the 25-year-old looks set to be offered a Championship lifeline this summer.
And Millers manager Paul Warne may just have revealed his most likely destination.
“I offered him a brilliant deal (but) he wants to stay in the Championship,” Warne said in quotes reported by the East Anglian Daily Times. “He’s hoping to get it sorted this week.
“I reckon he will be going to Norwich or Ipswich. I’d still take him if I could. He brings goals to the team.”
Therefore, Anglian enemies Norwich and Ipswich could be about to renew hostilities well before the start of a new Championship campaign. Though it’s links with Daniel Farke’s ambitious Canaries, rather than Mick McCarthy’s mid-table regulars, that offers the most intrigue.
Return on the cards?
Norwich are tipped to fight for automatic promotion next season after finishing a disappointing eighth in 2016/17. They have a new manager in former Borussia Dortmund youth coach Farke and a new director of football in former Huddersfield Town transfer guru Stuart Webber.
And Adeyemi would be Norwich’s fifth signing of the summer, after Angus Gunn, Christoph Zimmerman, Mario Vrancic and former Bransley favourite Marley Watkins, scorer of 10 Championship goals last season.
Furthermore, with Graham Dorrans and Jonny Howson tipped to follow a number of long-serving players out of the exit door, Adeyemi could have a big role to play in Norwich’s midfield next season.
If he signs, that is.