When Nottingham Forest opted to sign Dele Adebola in 2009, they were hoping that the forward would be able to help them reach new heights in the Championship.
Adebola arrived at the City Ground in fine form after reaching double figures in terms of goals and assists for Bristol City in the 2008/09 campaign.
However, the forward was unable to replicate these performances during his time at Forest as he struggled with his consistency in the second-tier.
In his debut season, Adebola only managed to find the back of the net on three occasions in 34 league appearances as the Reds secured a play-off place.
Although Adebola did score in the second-leg of Forest’s semi-final showdown with Blackpool, he was unable to prevent his side from suffering a 6-4 aggregate defeat.
The forward went on to struggle in the 2010/11 campaign as he made 25 substitute appearances in the Championship.
After scoring twice in this particular season, Adebola left Forest as he sealed a move to Hull City.
Unable to establish himself as a regular in the Tigers’ side, Adebola was loaned out to Notts County and eventually secured a permanent switch to Rochdale.
During his time with the League Two side, the forward provided eight direct goal contributions in 26 appearances for the club.
Having fallen out of favour with manager Keith Hill, Adebola was sent out on loan to Wrexham in 2013 and went on to feature for the club in their unsuccessful play-off push in the National League.
Following a spell with non-league side Rushall Olympic, the 46-year-old opted to call time on his career in 2014.
Since retiring from football, Adebola has set up his own company, Strike 9 Training.
The former Forest man has also become an analyst for Birmingham City’s BluesTV channel which streams Championship games for fans who cannot attend games.