We speak to the B Team captain and scorer after the Rotherham win.
- An interview with B Team defender Mustapha Olagunju
- He scored and assisted in the 5-1 win over Rotherham United
- Muzzy impressing after his return from a long injury layoff
After more than 16 months away from the pitch due to injury, B Team defender Mustapha Olagunju is back - and impressing.
The 21-year-old centre back underwent two surgeries as he returned a fractured kneecap sustained in training nearly two years ago and has gradually built up his minutes to this point, where he’s now playing back-to-back 90-minute games.
Having been one of the standout players for Town in Friday night’s 1-1 Premier League Cup draw at Nottingham Forest on Friday evening, he was in top form again on Tuesday afternoon – setting a goal up before scoring a beauty in our 5-1 Central League Cup victory over Rotherham United at the Millers Oils High Performance Complex.
Now he’s back, Mustapha is focused on exactly that – performing to his top level to try and catch the eye of First Team Manager Darren Moore.
“In general, I feel alright, having come back from that long term injury. Right now, the focus for me is being consistent; trying to hit that top level and stay consistent from there,” Mustapha told HTTV post-match.
“It’s a new Manager, and a new opportunity. Whenever anyone from the B Team gets an opportunity, like me, we have to go there (to First Team training) and give it 100% percent.”
The Londoner would do well to emulate his centre half partner from Tuesday, Tom Lees.
“I always like playing next to Leesy!” Mustapha admitted. “You know his experience, coming up to 600 games, and he’s always communicating and helping the team. He makes it easier for us.”
His goal against Rotherham was a superb finish, and not a typical goal from a centre half! He collected the ball in the corner of the penalty area before bending the ball around the visiting goalkeeper in a fashion that Josh Koroma would be proud of.
“I do try it now and again,” Olagunju explained. “I saw the opportunity and thought ‘why not take it and see what happens?’”
Watch Muzzy’s full interview below, courtesy of HTTV!