WE take a closer look at new QPR signing Albert Adomah, who joins the club as a free agent.
Born in Lambeth, it’s no secret that 32-year-old winger Albert Adomah is a west London boy, with QPR a club very close to his heart.
Having had spells at clubs including Bristol City, Middlesbrough, Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest, the Ghanaian international had to take a somewhat unconventional route to the top tiers of English football.
From the suburbs of west London to the 2014 World Cup, Adomah could be classed as the perfect rags to riches story. But the winger’s never-say-die attitude is what many who know him believe to be his biggest strength on and off the pitch.
After playing amateur football as a youngster, the then 18-year-old joined semi-professional side Harrow Borough in Isthmian league, whilst studying at the College of North West London in Brent.
Following a number of rejections Adomah was offered a trial with League Two side Barnet and within a matter of days he had signed for the Bees.
The winger made his debut for Barnet in an away trip to Herford United, scoring in a 2-1 win at Edgar Street.
A successful couple of seasons at the Hive, which saw Adomah notch 19 goals in 104 appearances, caught the attention of iconic sports commentator and Barnet supporter John Motson, who sponsored the winger.
His consistent performances for the Bees saw an increased interest from higher divisions, with Championship side Bristol City eventually luring him away from the capital.
This was the sign of things to come for Adomah, with the Bristol City faithful instantly taking a liking to the winger.
After completing his first full season in England’s second tier, Adomah was named ‘Player of the Season’ and consequently handed a new three-year contract.
However, following the Robins relegation to League one in 2013, he moved on to Middlesbrough.
A great first season in red saw Adomah score 12 times in 44 appearances with his great performances earning him a call-up to the Ghana national side for the 2014 World Cup.
The following year, with the winger a key part of Aitor Karanka’s side, Middlesbrough went on to clinch automatic promotion and return to the top flight for the first time since 2009.
But, despite making two Premier League appearances for ‘Boro, Adomah was on the move to Championship side Aston Villa and like all his previous clubs he became a key asset in, making 39 appearances in his first full year.
Adomah would then play a major role in Villa’s play-off run the following year, scoring 15 goals and finishing as the club’s top scorer. However, defeat to Fulham at Wembley would finish the season in heartbreak for the Villains.
Last summer Adomah joined Nottingham Forest, but despite making 27 appearances in all appearances for the Reds, he was loaned to Cardiff City in January.
Adomah made quite the impact in South Wales but his loan deal was limited and he returned to the City Ground.
The experienced winger will now be aiming to bring his Championship expertise to west London, in what could be described as a home coming for the 32-year-old.