BWFC Blog chats with Bolton Youth Player Oluwasanmi Odelusi
20th December 2010
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Really pleased today to have a chat and question and answer session with one of Bolton Wanderers rising stars

Oluwasanmi Odelusi

Full Name: Oluwasanmi Odelusi 

Nickname: Sammy 

Position: Centre Forward, Attacking Midfielder.

1) Having looked on Twitter your not from Bolton so how were you spotted?
I was born and raised in East London. Town called Barking and Dagenham, lived in the same estate as Chelsea's defender John Terry. I was spotted by a agent playing for my local sunday league team, who took interest in me. We went forward together from there. 

2) Take us through a youths players day.
Its a early rise around 8am. Get to the lostock training ground for around 8:45. We either have a gym session or free time to relax in the training ground. Banters always flying around through the training ground. We're normally out for 10:30am, we always have passing drills to get the feel of the ball. Before we go into sharper drills and faster tempos. Were finished by 12:30. Then make our way over to the reebok, for lunch. After lunch were back at lostock training hard, for a more lighter session. Training will then finish by 3pm or sometimes 4pm 

3) Alot of youth and reserve players are looked after at  local houses so are you in that situation or do you travel?
Im looked after, because I live so far away from home. Enjoy where I'm living since I've been here. It makes me more responsible as a man. You have your own space and free time.

4)So who is your most inspirational player (let you off if not from BWFC)
I'll pick 2 players, one player that i look up to and one player from the senior squad. Didier Drogba, because of this presents on the pitch. I see him as a player that has the ability to do anything he wants at anytime. He's dominant on the pitch and strikes fear into the defenders he plays against, thats how i want defenders to be towards me. He's also got a very good eye for goal. On the other hand, from the senior squad, I look up to Johan Elmander because he works very hard for the team. No matter how good or bad our team is playing. He also answers all his critics and shows them how good of a player he is on the pitch. 

5)Do you get to see the first team much and do they offer advice?
We have to 2 separate training grounds at the moment, so we don't get to see the senior players a lot. But there is a player that advises me on and off the pitch. Riga, tells me when I'm doing good and where I can improve. I'm sure the senior players will give advice when we get more time to see them.

6)Now we are all aware of pranks players play on each other you had any done to you?
haha... I remember one time when i got new boots, i turned my back for a couple of seconds and the lads hid them in the roof of the one of the rooms in the Reebok. They left me puzzled! 
they let me have them couple hours later.
Defiantly got them back one by one.  

7)Owen Coyle your views on what he is doing at the Reebok?
 Owen Coyle is a great manager, he's doing wonders at our club. He's a manager that wants the best out of all his players. I look up to him for the way he has moved our club forward. 

8)So what is your prediction on where BWFC will finnish in the prem this season?
I would love for us to come in the top 4. Push out one of the so-called top for,  for us to play Champions League football, would be something else. The way we are playing at the moment there's no reason why we cant do this.

9)What are your aims over the next 24months
I love putting on the shirt and playing for the wanderers, I would like to have a part in the senior squad in the next couple of months. Making my debut for the Wanderers will be unbelievable. Aiming to play for the 1st team and either England or Nigeria on the international stage. Right now, I'm focussed on giving my all for the u18's and the reserves. 

10) Finally can we have your advice to our young fans who want to become footballers?

I got picked up very late, and I would liked to say never give up. I always had belief in myself as a footballer, so for starters you have to believe in the talent that you hold. No one and nobody can put you down and say you cant do it. I've heard it many times in my life, but you have to keep focussed. I always wanted to be a footballer, but its easy saying it. You have to put the work in behind closed doors. When your friends are going out, your playing football. When there eating dinner, your playing football etc. Because you want to become a player.  'Live football, Breath Football and Eat Football'


The Best of Bolton BWFC Blog would like to thank Oluwasanmi for his time and wish him all the best in his Wanderers playing career.

Follow him and his tweets on twitter:!/sanmi_odelusi

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Martin W

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Local Boltonian who loves Bolton Wanderers and my home town.
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