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Daniel Adu-Adjei signs first professional contract

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Daniel Adu-Adjei has signed his first professional contract for AFC Bournemouth. The young striker was the top scorer for Bournemouth U18’s in their title-winning EFL Youth Alliance Southwest Division season.


Adu-Adjei scored 25 goals for the U18’s last season, helping the young Cherries secure the EFL Youth Alliance title.

He has struggled with injuries this season and has not featured as regularly as he would like. However, he still scored nine goals and assisted three in 12 games to secure consecutive league titles for the Bournemouth U18’s.

Adu-Adjei has also made four appearances for the Bournemouth development squad in the Premier League Cup. Adu-Adjei scored on his development squad debut in a 3-0 win against Brighton.

Traveling with the first team

Adu-Adjei has been on the bench for the Bournemouth senior team three times this season in games against Newcastle United, Brentford and Nottingham Forest.

He told the AFC Bournemouth website: “Travelling with the first team and being on the bench was a really good experience. It was inspiring to see how professionals conduct themselves.”

Key Attributes

Adu-Adjei’s journey has been far from perfect, as he was released from Fulham in 2021. His resilience to bounce back from this disappointment and become a prolific goalscorer for Bournemouth at the youth level is a testament to his character.

The key aspects of Adu-Adjei’s game lie in his attacking movement and willingness to press the opposition. His off-the-ball ability alongside his goalscoring instincts are the main reasons that he has thrived at Bournemouth.

Development squad manager, Alan Connell, told the AFC Bournemouth website: “We’re really excited to continue to work with him and, hopefully, he can push on after having recent involvement with our first team.”

Moving on loan

Adu-Adjei has now joined Poole Town on a work-experience loan until the end of the season. The U18’s season has now finished, so the young striker will now play regular football in the Southern League Premier Division, which is the third tier of non-league football.

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