An in-depth look at the career of new signing Hakeeb Adelakun…
Born in Hackney, the 24-year-old was on Crystal Palace and West Ham’s books as a youngster before joining Scunthorpe United in 2012.
He became the Iron’s youngest-ever player when making his professional debut in a 1-0 League One defeat at Tranmere in December of that year, aged 16 years and 201 days.
The wideman made one more appearance that season, in a 3-1 victory over Swindon, and scored his maiden career goal in another 3-1 win, over Torquay, in November 2013.
The 2013/14 campaign saw him feature more regularly, mainly as a substitute, with Adelakun appearing 29 times in all competitions as the Iron secured promotion from League Two.
His progress continued with six goals in 40 outings during Scunthorpe’s first year back in the third tier, followed by 26 and 23 appearances in 2015/16 and 2016/17 respectively.
The latter of those seasons saw the Lincolnshire club finish third in League One, and Adelakun played a key role as the Iron reached the play-offs again in 2017/18.
Scoring five goals in 49 matches, he was also named League One Player of the Month for December 2017, in what proved his final season at Glanford Park.
In total, Adelakun made 169 appearances in six years with Scunthorpe, plundering 19 goals.
His eye-catching performances in League One earned him a move to the Championship, signing for Bristol City on a three-year deal in July 2018.
However, game time proved harder to come by at Ashton Gate, with Adelakun restricted to five appearances for the Robins before joining Rotherham on loan in January 2020.
He enjoyed a successful, if shorter than expected, spell at the New York Stadium, playing nine times prior to the league’s curtailment due to the coronavirus outbreak.
After clubs voted to end the season on a points-per-game basis, the Millers were promoted from League One as runners-up, earning Adelakun his second career promotion.