VICTOR Adeboyejo is hoping his ‘stop-start’ spell of dipping in and out of the Barnsley team is over and he can make himself a regular starter and scorer.
The 24-year-old striker has been at the club for almost five years, scoring eight goals in 91 appearances – 63 of which have been from the bench.
He has three goals this season, which makes him the joint second top-scorer in league matches – one behind Cauley Woodrow who is now injured.
Adeboyejo started a league match for the first time since he scored against Derby in November in Saturday’s 2-1 loss at Birmingham, scoring a consolation goal. He stayed in the side for the 3-0 loss at Nottingham Forest on Tuesday – the first time he has started back-to-back league games this season.
Adeboyejo told the Chronicle: “My aim is to make myself a main player.
“It is difficult and it does feel stop-start but this is a big opportunity for me now to try to do that.
“The manager has given us confidence as a team and individuals.”
Woodrow is expected to be out until March at the earliest.
Victor said: “We need to step up.
“We have that responsibility.
“Losing someone like Cauley is difficult but everyone is working hard to take responsibility.”
Adeboyejo has played under Daniel Stendel, Gerhard Struber, Valerien Ismael, Markus Schopp, Jo Laumann and now Poya Asbaghi.
He is enjoying working under the Swede.
“He’s been very good.
“He’s very detailed and analytical – more than anything I’ve even seen before in terms of the little details.
“He is helping me and I am sure everyone else would say that he is helping them. But we have to get wins out of that and they will come.”
Barnsley are bottom of the Championship, eight points from safety with 20 games to play.
“The situation that we’re in, we have nothing to lose. It’s already worst case scenario so we just have to keep working hard and look forward.
“We don’t go into games feeling like a side who is last but we just understand this our reality right now and we have to get out of it. It’s not hard to keep belief. The boys are working really hard to try to change it.
“Surely it’s going to turn.”