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Ayodele Adeleye

Last Updated: 27/05/10 9:16pm

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'Dele' Adeleye may be the next Nigerian to make his mark on the English Premier League after catching the eye at Dutch side Sparta Rotterdam.

Now 21, Adeleye impressed Sparta back in 2005 with his solid performances at the Youth World Cup. They made their move in 2007 and since then the defender has been an almost ever-present.

He won his first cap against the Republic of Ireland last year and has been linked with Everton, Blackburn and West Ham among others.

However, a costly mistake against Tunisia in qualifying led to coach Lars Lagerback claiming he may not be ready for the biggest stage.

Adeleye may not get the chance to shine in South Africa but he is certainly one to look out for in the future.

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