With new additions to the Vancouver Whitecaps backline, it was clear young left back Sam Adekugbe was going to be pushed further down the depth chart. Now, in a big to get the 21 year old some meaningful minutes, the club has announced he's been loaned to Brighton and Hove Albion FC in the second-tier Football League Championship. Every year the league champions are promoted to the Premier League, and Brighton actually came pretty close to making it this past season, finishing third. The club is based in East Sussex, in South England.
To be honest, it's a little disappointing to see. I thought Adekugbe was going to over-take Jordan Harvey to become the Whitecaps every day starter this year, given his play last season. I got excited reading articles like this one, entitled "Adekubge Ready to Fight For Spot With Caps", and I thought Sam would be able to win the favor of the skipper. Robinson is quoted in the interview as having high expecations for Adekugbe, and it's clear he didn't meet them.
"He's got to fight Jordan Harvey for that slot," Robinson told Sportsnet during a recent conference calls with reporters. "What Sam needs to do is try to find a consistency within his play and the ability to deal with disappointments in his game.
"Because everyone goes through a loss of form, everyone goes through injuries, everyone goes through disappointments with the manager leaving you out. It's how you react. You either roll your sleeves up and fight and get back in, or you feel sorry for yourself. Unfortunately in professional sports the people that feel sorry for themselves are the ones usually that miss out."-Article pub Feb 29, 2016 by Martin Macmahon
This year he only appeared in two contests with one start, after appearing in nine last year, and he clearly needed to be somewhere he could actually continue he development. I'm sure the loan will do a world of good for Adekugbe, and he'll be able to establish himself as an MLS regular with Vancouver in the near future.