Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

YOUNG CITY STAR AIMS TO ECLIPSE KOMPANY ; Adarabioyo Is Not Hiding His Ambition as He Looks to Reach the Very Top with the Blues

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

YOUNG CITY STAR AIMS TO ECLIPSE KOMPANY ; Adarabioyo Is Not Hiding His Ambition as He Looks to Reach the Very Top with the Blues

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WHOEVER he comes up against, Tosin Adarabioyo just wants to be the best.

In addition to skippering the Under-18s this season, the City youngster has played in the U19s UEFA Youth League and U21 Premier League and each time the motivation is the same.

"To be honest I just want to win every game we get to," he said.

"During the game obviously we're developing, becoming better players and learning more but I just want to win that youth Champions League. That's my main target - I'd do anything to win really.

"It is good to know that if we progress in this then we're basically the best team in Europe at our age."

Adarabioyo, 17, has stepped up to play all six games in the UEFA Youth League this season, part of a backline that conceded just four goals to help City to a 100 per cent record in the group stage.

Not that his development should come as a surprise.

The starlet is used to being given responsibilities beyond his age, and will be part of the EDS team away to Norwich on Wednesday which is aiming to bounce back from three consecutive losses.

Under-18s coach Jason Wilcox called Adarabioyo into his office this summer to give the then-16-yearold captaincy of the team.

Was he expecting to be given the role? "I wanted it," he grinned. "I really wanted it. I think I am a leader anyway so it is just part of me really."

It seems apparent that the young Englishman is not hiding his ambition.

Just as important, though, is his willingness to admit areas to improve.

Adapting to the differences in dealing with European opposition in the UEFA Youth League has been 'challenging', while Adarabioyo acknowledged that Under-21 level is a lot harder physically.

"The intensity is higher so I just have to try to keep up with them and move the ball as quick as we can," he added.

Similarly, when giving his assessment of the season so far for the U18s, he said: "At the start I wasn't playing so well but I think I have started to play very well and started to lead the team as I am captain so my relationship skills have got a lot better. …

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