Elijah Adebayo: Time for Walsall to kick-on

Walsall striker Elijah Adebayo insists the club must take their momentum from the end of last season into the next campaign.

Elijah Adebayo
Elijah Adebayo

Darrell Clarke’s team were unbeaten in their last five League Two games before the coronavirus pandemic hit, winning three of them, including an impressive 3–2 comeback against eventual play–off winners Northampton Town.

It saw the end to the Saddlers’ season where they had gone on several good and bad runs and Adebayo believes the club need to continue where they left off in 2020/21.

“We need to take positives from the games that we played in before the season got curtailed,” he said.

“We were moving forward as a team and we were starting to see results for our hard work that we had been putting in on the training pitch.

“After all our hard work, we could see that it was coming together quite nicely.

“I think it is just about taking that from last season and carrying on that momentum.

“Obviously we have now had a long break but it is just about picking it up from where we left it last season and just hitting the ground running straight away.”

Meanwhile, the 22–year–old is not revealing personal or team targets as he insists the team are all ‘on the same page’.

“I’d say that I don’t really like setting targets because as a team we all know what the target is in the back of our minds,” Adebayo added.

“It’s just about everyone being on the same page, and I feel like we are on the same page.

“Everyone doing all they can in order to achieve that goal as a group because at the end of the day it’s the successful teams who do whatever they can for each other on and off the pitch in terms of getting the end result.

“We all know that success in football is a very enjoyable moment, it’s just about getting to that stage and then everyone can enjoy themselves when that time comes round.

“We know it’s going to be a long and hard season but the reward will be sweet if we can achieve it after knuckling down and getting things done.”

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