Charlton U18 attacker Tolu Ladapo has been recently offered a professional contract at the club, he talks about the steps he’s making climbing up the football ladder in this interview writes Emmanuel Ladapo

The football world is highly competitive even before the professional level, the schedule for training and travelling up and down the country for matches in both league and cup matches is similar to what football players at the top level have too face.

Charlton U18 have won the south division of the cat2 league (the equivalent to the championship) for a second season in a row, he explains how he feels about gaining gold medal accomplishments at such an early stage of his career:

“It feels great to have won 2 league titles in my career already. It demonstrates the quality of the players in this academy. It has also helped me to develop a winning mentality whilst improving as a player.”

“I hop to win many more trophies in my career by using this experience as a stepping stone and a tool for many more successful moments to come”

This season Ladapo has also has had more experience playing matches for the U23, he’s talked about the differences of playing for mostly a different team and the style of play there:

“The U23s play a possession based style of football. They dominate the ball against most teams and look to pass the opposition to death. We as players are asked to make passes and be reliable on the ball. It does minimise my freedom on the ball as I am someone who wants to dribble and take risks.”

The same week Ladapo was offered a professional contract at the club he also got the opportunity to train with the first team he talks about what learned from that experience:

“It was a really good experience, I relished the opportunity to cope with the demands of the session. This gave me a boost in confidence that I am good enough to play at that level. I look forward to more and more opportunities”.

These kinds of events are part of the process of moving up in the football, playing as an 18 year old with the older players, In addition Ladapo also had an encounter with a football legend who personally noted his impression of Ladapo’s performance to him.

Former Manchester City and Barcelona star Yaya Toure is a coach for Tottenham U18 was on the opposite dugout to Charlton Athletic a couple of months ago, Charlton won 3-2 with Ladapo scoring one goal and assisting the other two. He talked about the words Toure heaped on him:

“He told he felt I was a very good player and he encouraged me to keep up these performances as I can have a really good career putting in the performances like I did the game, influencing the team”.

Tolu Ladapo with Yaya Toure