By Full Contact News and Views
Full Contact client Freddie Ladapo has made his Premier League debut.
Entering the famous Old Trafford field of play in the 74th minute for Crystal Palace heralded a dream moment for 24 year old Freddie Ladapo – the completion of a meteoric rise from non-league football to the world’s most famous league, the English Premier League.
Whilst Crystal Palace’s 4-0 away defeat to Jose Mourinho’s Red Devils was a result to forget for Roy Hodgson’s struggling side, for Freddie it was the culmination of years of effort, determination and a desire to succeed at the highest level possible.
Freddie said after the game; “It’s what I’ve been dreaming for since I signed for this club. To do it at a great club, a fantastic club I have been watching since I was a baby so it was a massive thing for me and I’m very happy to make my debut. There have been ups and downs, and sometimes I thought it wouldn’t happen, but I’m happy it finally did. I put myself in the right state of mind and to do well in the U23s, then I thought I could be in for a chance. The past three games I’ve been scoring (for the U23s) and I’m happy to finally get the chance and I am thankful to the manager and the players for helping me get there. I think I showed some good things. I won a few balls in the air, held the ball up well and spun in the channels to give a few problems. If I can keep doing that and showing that against a team like Man United, that’s all you can do.”
Freddie joined Crystal Palace in 2016 from non-league part-timers, one of many non-league to professional transfers engineered by Full Contact. After loan periods in League One at Oldham Athletic and Scunthorpe, Freddie will hope to use his Premier League debut as a launching pad for his career.
Full Contact’s Dan Chapman commented “It was a very proud moment. We have worked with and watched Freddie since his Colchester academy days and it does not seem too long away that I was watching him from the sidelines at Nuneaton and then Kidderminster; his will to succeed and his sheer work-rate is an example to all, and it just goes to show what can be achieved and what can happen, if you stick at it. I am delighted for Freddie who has had to come through some seriously tough times to even get a chance at the professional game, let alone to appear in the Premier League. That moment can never be taken away from him now.”Full Contact client Seb Morris wins British GT Championship FC client Seb Morris wins at Monza on international GT debut »
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