A wonderful video of Albert Adomah entertaining a group of young school children was doing the rounds on social media earlier this week to remind us all of what a credit he has been to Aston Villa since joining from Middlesbrough.
During the visit to Anglesey Primary School in Lozells, Adomah read the poem ‘Limbo’ aloud to the class and shared a few of his trademark dance moves.
But, as his omission from yesterday's squad to face Brentford suggests, supporters might not witness Adomah shaking his hips as much as they would like this season.
While Adomah’s first year at Villa Park has been one of upheaval and turbulence as an early change in manager prompted a mass overhaul of the playing staff, the 29-year-old has been a model of consistency.
Adomah’s objective last season was to create chances for his team-mates and only Conor Hourihane boasted more Championship assists than the Ghana international come the end of the campaign.
He also managed three goals, including a brace against Preston, which prompted some rather interesting celebrations. None more interesting than his headstand after notching a spectacular goal for Villa’s second string against Wigan in August
However, despite his very creditable efforts on the field, Adomah is facing the prospect of being a bit-part player at Villa through no fault of his own.
Manager Steve Bruce used the summer transfer window to acquire players he knew and trusted, and it just so happens that two of the arrivals prefer Adomah’s right-wing position.
Ahmed Elmohamady has started four of Villa’s five Championship games in the role, while Robert Snodgrass is known for his ability to drift inside from the right flank and wreak havoc.
Hull City’s old boys have limited Adomah to just 72 minutes of Championship football this term. Rather than sulk like some of his Villa predecessors have, Adomah is planning to take on the challenge of forcing his way back to the top of Bruce’s thinking.
There were small murmurs of a Deadline Day exit and there was interest from a couple of Championship clubs, understandably given his record in the second tier, but Adomah is determined to make a success of his time in claret and blue.
Adomah’s beaming smile continues to shine brightest around Villa’s Bodymoor Heath training ground and there’s no reason why he can’t oust Bruce’s boys to light up Villa Park once again.
Source: Birmingham mail