Adel Gafaiti

Posted by on August 20, 2012 in Next Generation | 0 comments

Yes, it is true. But you might be disappointed if it was a veteran, experienced leader of men you were hoping had signed for the green and yellow. In fact, Norwich have signed teenagerĀ Adel Gafaiti to terms after he impressed during a couple of friendlies over the summer. No, I’ve never heard of him either, but here’s what I’ve been able to find out.

Adel is an 18 year old (or 17. or 19) centre-back of Algerian heritage who began his footballing career at AS Nancy in France. It was here that he was spotted by Rangers scouts and keen to follow in the footsteps of Madjid Bougherra, he made the trip to Scotland and became part of the Rangers Under 19 setup. He played plenty of games for the youth and reserve teams up in Glasgow, scoring a couple of goals in the process, but obvious off-field issues surrounding the club make things particularly difficult for young, developing talent.

As such, Adel joined Norwich in a trial period and he took part in a couple of friendlies. Evidently he impressed enough to be offered some sort of deal, as ‘confirmed’ here.

Gafaiti can be followed on twitter here, and confirms his status with the club in his bio and his updates of todays U21 victory over Blackburn, which he seems to have missed out on due to a lack of fitness.

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