Ex-U's striker Ladapo "has to forge a career for himself"

Gazette: Fresh start - Freddie Ladapo has left Colchester United to join Skrill Premier outfit Kidderminster Harriers. Fresh start - Freddie Ladapo has left Colchester United to join Skrill Premier outfit Kidderminster Harriers.

Freddie Ladapo did not enjoy the consistent run in the team he needed to prove himself at Colchester United, admits boss Joe Dunne.

Ladapo has left the U's to join Skrill Premier side Kidderminster Harriers and made his debut for his new team in an FA Cup tie at Sunderland.

The 20-year old was regarded as a bright prospect by many but managed only six substitute appearances for the U's first team, during his time at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

Dunne said: “The one thing about potential is that you’ve got to be given an opportunity.

“Freddie’s never really had that opportunity.

“He’s had a few games but the quality of competition that he faces in the likes of Clinton Morrison, Jabo Ibehre and Freddie Sears means he’s never really had that consistent run that maybe one or two other players might have had.

“At some stage, I’ve got to make a decision based on a young player’s career.

“Potential is nothing without opportunity and his opportunities had been limited here so he needs to take that opportunity somewhere else.

“I spoke to him and he understood that - he feels motivated to go so it’s an opportunity for him.

“He has to forge a career for himself.

“At the same time last year, I made some decisions on some of the other younger players in the same bracket.

“Macauley Bonne has come through, scored league goals and taken his opportunity, so all of these things play a factor in your decision making."

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4:56pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Boris says...

He should have had a few starts, to try and prove himself. After all, the established players were scoring precious few goals. He might have done as well as Macauley. Anyway, it's good that JD recognises his own failure to bring the lad on. Good luck Freddie with your career, hope we shall see you back at the WHCS one day, with some team or other.
He should have had a few starts, to try and prove himself. After all, the established players were scoring precious few goals. He might have done as well as Macauley. Anyway, it's good that JD recognises his own failure to bring the lad on. Good luck Freddie with your career, hope we shall see you back at the WHCS one day, with some team or other. Boris

5:33pm Mon 3 Feb 14

crazy comments says...

Yes I echo the same thoughts as Boris. I hope he goes on and makes a success. He chased and could score goals, that's two things the cart horse Morrison cant do, so why did JD pick him over Freddie.
Yes I echo the same thoughts as Boris. I hope he goes on and makes a success. He chased and could score goals, that's two things the cart horse Morrison cant do, so why did JD pick him over Freddie. crazy comments

6:07pm Mon 3 Feb 14

BlueandWhiteBaz says...

He may have been sub a few times but rarely got on the pitch. It maybe unfair, but I don't believe he was afforded the same level of opportunity that Bonne has received. I personally believe he should have been retained for a further season.
He may have been sub a few times but rarely got on the pitch. It maybe unfair, but I don't believe he was afforded the same level of opportunity that Bonne has received. I personally believe he should have been retained for a further season. BlueandWhiteBaz

6:48pm Mon 3 Feb 14

feering1966 says...

Agree with the above comments, Freddie should have been given more opportunities including some starts, certainly in front of Mr Morrison. JD acknowledging that he made an error of judgement is positive, fingers crossed he will learn from this.
Agree with the above comments, Freddie should have been given more opportunities including some starts, certainly in front of Mr Morrison. JD acknowledging that he made an error of judgement is positive, fingers crossed he will learn from this. feering1966

8:49pm Mon 3 Feb 14

C Burnett says...

Joe Dunne's being kind to Freddie in this public statement. Maybe what Joe really thinks is that Freddie's nor good enough; he's had lots of opportunity to watch him. Best wishes to Ladapo at his new club.
Joe Dunne's being kind to Freddie in this public statement. Maybe what Joe really thinks is that Freddie's nor good enough; he's had lots of opportunity to watch him. Best wishes to Ladapo at his new club. C Burnett

9:44pm Mon 3 Feb 14

super waluigi says...

We simply don't have enough room for every one. Whether he was as good as Bonne or whether he was given as good as chance in the first team as Bonne is a pointless conversation, because Dunne clearly never saw him as a player for his Col U. Unlike Bonne.
It is pointless comparing him to Morrison too. Not only is Morrison a seasoned pro, but he also has a good pro contract that would be harder to terminate. It is worth noting that Morrison is out of contract in the summer too and will likely not be staying either.
It is kind words from Joe Dunne. Should he have seen more potential in Freddie, he surely would have loaned him again, rather than free him of his contract.
We simply don't have enough room for every one. Whether he was as good as Bonne or whether he was given as good as chance in the first team as Bonne is a pointless conversation, because Dunne clearly never saw him as a player for his Col U. Unlike Bonne. It is pointless comparing him to Morrison too. Not only is Morrison a seasoned pro, but he also has a good pro contract that would be harder to terminate. It is worth noting that Morrison is out of contract in the summer too and will likely not be staying either. It is kind words from Joe Dunne. Should he have seen more potential in Freddie, he surely would have loaned him again, rather than free him of his contract. super waluigi

9:46am Tue 4 Feb 14

totallyfootball says...

Quality of competition with the likes f Clinton Morrison, something wrong with that statement, remind me how many goals Morrison has scored? I would stick with an up and coming tan a has been on his last hurrah all day long! Some players can't impact as well as they can start a game! Cop out, good luck Freddie your chance will come, sometimes it pays to drop down a level to gain experience and confidence with which to come back up!
Quality of competition with the likes f Clinton Morrison, something wrong with that statement, remind me how many goals Morrison has scored? I would stick with an up and coming tan a has been on his last hurrah all day long! Some players can't impact as well as they can start a game! Cop out, good luck Freddie your chance will come, sometimes it pays to drop down a level to gain experience and confidence with which to come back up! totallyfootball

12:25pm Tue 4 Feb 14

super waluigi says...

totallyfootball wrote:
Quality of competition with the likes f Clinton Morrison, something wrong with that statement, remind me how many goals Morrison has scored? I would stick with an up and coming tan a has been on his last hurrah all day long! Some players can't impact as well as they can start a game! Cop out, good luck Freddie your chance will come, sometimes it pays to drop down a level to gain experience and confidence with which to come back up!
Again, it's irrelevant comparing him to Morrison. None of us know how good Freddie could be do we? He could have been the next Elito for all we know.
[quote][p][bold]totallyfootball[/bold] wrote: Quality of competition with the likes f Clinton Morrison, something wrong with that statement, remind me how many goals Morrison has scored? I would stick with an up and coming tan a has been on his last hurrah all day long! Some players can't impact as well as they can start a game! Cop out, good luck Freddie your chance will come, sometimes it pays to drop down a level to gain experience and confidence with which to come back up![/p][/quote]Again, it's irrelevant comparing him to Morrison. None of us know how good Freddie could be do we? He could have been the next Elito for all we know. super waluigi

2:05pm Tue 4 Feb 14

totallyfootball says...

super waluigi wrote:
totallyfootball wrote:
Quality of competition with the likes f Clinton Morrison, something wrong with that statement, remind me how many goals Morrison has scored? I would stick with an up and coming tan a has been on his last hurrah all day long! Some players can't impact as well as they can start a game! Cop out, good luck Freddie your chance will come, sometimes it pays to drop down a level to gain experience and confidence with which to come back up!
Again, it's irrelevant comparing him to Morrison. None of us know how good Freddie could be do we? He could have been the next Elito for all we know.
Morning Super, no comparisons here because it would be rude, but sadly I just can't see any quality in Morrison but we never got to see enough of Freddie in my opinion!
[quote][p][bold]super waluigi[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]totallyfootball[/bold] wrote: Quality of competition with the likes f Clinton Morrison, something wrong with that statement, remind me how many goals Morrison has scored? I would stick with an up and coming tan a has been on his last hurrah all day long! Some players can't impact as well as they can start a game! Cop out, good luck Freddie your chance will come, sometimes it pays to drop down a level to gain experience and confidence with which to come back up![/p][/quote]Again, it's irrelevant comparing him to Morrison. None of us know how good Freddie could be do we? He could have been the next Elito for all we know.[/p][/quote]Morning Super, no comparisons here because it would be rude, but sadly I just can't see any quality in Morrison but we never got to see enough of Freddie in my opinion! totallyfootball

3:26pm Tue 4 Feb 14

gilberdian says...

I have seen every moment he has been on the pitch for the first team, and quite a lot of under-21 games.
He was a good substitute option in away games last season at Hartlepool and Stevenage in particular, because his pace meant that he could always threaten to get in behind defenders, so it gave us an outlet.
But really sadly he hasn't shown quite enough to be worthy of keeping on. Tariq Issa is pushing on, and behind him Wayne Blackman.
This season and last season Freddie got plenty of opportunities with the first team squad in pre-season, but he didn't click. The club has tried to get him games out on loan, but it hasn't really worked
The fact he is a goal-poacher means that he still stands a chance. Let's hope he develops his all-round game at Kidderminster.
I have seen every moment he has been on the pitch for the first team, and quite a lot of under-21 games. He was a good substitute option in away games last season at Hartlepool and Stevenage in particular, because his pace meant that he could always threaten to get in behind defenders, so it gave us an outlet. But really sadly he hasn't shown quite enough to be worthy of keeping on. Tariq Issa is pushing on, and behind him Wayne Blackman. This season and last season Freddie got plenty of opportunities with the first team squad in pre-season, but he didn't click. The club has tried to get him games out on loan, but it hasn't really worked The fact he is a goal-poacher means that he still stands a chance. Let's hope he develops his all-round game at Kidderminster. gilberdian

4:39pm Tue 4 Feb 14

super waluigi says...

gilberdian wrote:
I have seen every moment he has been on the pitch for the first team, and quite a lot of under-21 games.
He was a good substitute option in away games last season at Hartlepool and Stevenage in particular, because his pace meant that he could always threaten to get in behind defenders, so it gave us an outlet.
But really sadly he hasn't shown quite enough to be worthy of keeping on. Tariq Issa is pushing on, and behind him Wayne Blackman.
This season and last season Freddie got plenty of opportunities with the first team squad in pre-season, but he didn't click. The club has tried to get him games out on loan, but it hasn't really worked
The fact he is a goal-poacher means that he still stands a chance. Let's hope he develops his all-round game at Kidderminster.
Very good and honest blog.
We all wish (me and you included) that Freddie could have made it, but sadly it was not to be.
Players leave clubs all the time and often prove that management done the wrong thing letting them go. Man U let Pique go and look what happened! Liverpool let Tom Ince go, Chelsea bought back some high earning expensive player that they let go last season and Colchester gave away Jonnie Jackson and Dean Gerken.
But more often than not, players are freed because they simply don't fit the club.
[quote][p][bold]gilberdian[/bold] wrote: I have seen every moment he has been on the pitch for the first team, and quite a lot of under-21 games. He was a good substitute option in away games last season at Hartlepool and Stevenage in particular, because his pace meant that he could always threaten to get in behind defenders, so it gave us an outlet. But really sadly he hasn't shown quite enough to be worthy of keeping on. Tariq Issa is pushing on, and behind him Wayne Blackman. This season and last season Freddie got plenty of opportunities with the first team squad in pre-season, but he didn't click. The club has tried to get him games out on loan, but it hasn't really worked The fact he is a goal-poacher means that he still stands a chance. Let's hope he develops his all-round game at Kidderminster.[/p][/quote]Very good and honest blog. We all wish (me and you included) that Freddie could have made it, but sadly it was not to be. Players leave clubs all the time and often prove that management done the wrong thing letting them go. Man U let Pique go and look what happened! Liverpool let Tom Ince go, Chelsea bought back some high earning expensive player that they let go last season and Colchester gave away Jonnie Jackson and Dean Gerken. But more often than not, players are freed because they simply don't fit the club. super waluigi

8:05pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Bampotonian says...

Gilberdian - are you Joe Dunne in disguise?!
Gilberdian - are you Joe Dunne in disguise?! Bampotonian

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