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Played For Both - Oldham v Bolton Wanderers: Tope Obadeyi

Tope Obadeyi - member him?

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Member Tope Obadeyi? I member.

As Bolton Wanderers head to Oldham Athletic this weekend it's time to look at an ex-Wanderer who will be lining up for Oldham tomorrow.

Born in Birmingham in 1989, he began his career at Coventry City, where he made his name as a highly promising young attacking player. In 2006 he signed for Bolton Wanderers, then of the Premier League.

He would work his way through the ranks until 2008 where he made his professional debut in a home defeat to Wigan Athletic. A pacy and direct runner, Obadeyi looked to have a bright future at the top level.

To aid his development, he was loaned to Swindon Town the following August where he scored his first professional goal in a victory over Southend United. The next couple of years were spent almost entirely on loan. First at Rochdale, then Shrewsbury Town, then Chesterfield before heading back to Rochdale for another spell.

Following our relegation to the Championship in 2011/12, he was released by Owen Coyle and moved to Portugal to play for Rio Ave. He only made 12 appearances for the club before leaving to join local minnows and relegation favourites Bury.

Seven appearances later he was on the move again.

Two loan spells at Plymouth Argyle came before he joined Kilmarnock. He would make 59 appearances for the club, scoring 12 times. Can you guess what came next? Yep, he joined Dundee United. His 11th club. He failed to make his mark there and was released.

On 31st January 2017, he joined Oldham Athletic on a deal until the end of the season. He has one goal in six, since joining.

His career might be viewed as a failure, or as underwhelming, by some. He made several appearances for England at youth level and I suppose with that in mind it would be fair to say that things haven't gone the way that they seemed to be heading, but that's football.

He remains a dangerous opponent and I would expect Phil Parkinson to have a plan to cope with him tomorrow. Let's hope that the Whites can handle him and grab the three points.