Adomah’s journey ‘home’ – the lowdown on QPR’s new signing

QPR are getting a seasoned Championship performer in Albert Adomah, who has joined the club on a two-year contract.

If Fifa 21 is a barometer, he’s still got plenty left to offer and what you get with Adomah is a player with pace, even at 32, but one who frequently needs a mental gee-up.

Dribbling gets a high score, but for those about to ‘buy’ him on the game, you won’t get a defender or somebody likely to get stuck into a tackle. He’s dispute that.

Adomah, a Rangers fan, started out with Chiswick-based amateur side Old Meadonians as a teenager – a spin-off team from Chiswick Grammar School, who play at Dukes Meadows, as their name implies.

From there, Adomah played semi-pro for Isthmian League Premier Division club Harrow Borough and at the same time was working towards an industrial painting qualification.

If Adomah had been no good with a ball at his feet he would have ended up with a paint brush in his hand.

He was studying for a Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Decorative Finishing and Industrial Painting as a part-timer with Harrow Borough 12 years ago.

So, if that South Africa Rd stand needs a touch up…

His ‘transfer fee’ from Harrow to Barnet – then a League Two side in 2008 – was a pre-season friendly between Bees and Borough with the latter pocketing the gate receipts.

At Barnet, famous football commentator John Motson sponsored him. We wonder if Adomah got a sheepskin coat out of it?

The fee when he moved to Middlesbrough in 2013 was around £1m.

Albert Danquah Adomah to give him his full name, has a a Ghanaian and a British passport.

He made his international debut for Ghana as a substitute in their 1–0 defeat against Brazil on 5 September 2011 at Fulham’s Craven Cottage.

Adomah has previously bemoaned QPR’s failure to sign him, saying: “Ask the scouts. I’m a local boy and played on the Astroturf pitch next door.”

Rangers did express an interest in him while he was at Middlesbrough, in January 2016, as part of a proposed swap deal involving Matt Phillips, but it came to nothing.

Speaking after scoring twice against them at Loftus Road for Aston Villa in 2017, he said: “I’m a QPR fan. That’s why I didn’t really want to jump for joy when I scored.

“QPR are a very strong team – obviously I know that because I follow them.

“The majority of my friends, especially the local ones, support QPR.”