Loan watch: Abu working on a dream
- 31 May 2011 12:59
- Posted by Tim Oscroft
Mohammed Abu has high hopes that his Norwegian loan spell will help him achieve his dream of breaking into City's first team.
The 19-year-old midfielder signed a permanent deal with the Blues last August, after impressing on trial, and was immediately loaned to Stromsgodset, who play in Norway's Premier League.
He helped the club, who play in the town of Drammen just outside the capital Oslo, win the Norwegian Cup last November and impressed the management enough that another loan for the start of the current Norwegian season was arranged.
Only goal difference is keeping Stromsgodset off the top of the table after nine games and the Ghanaian is delighted with his current situation.
"I first came here last September," Abu told mcfc.co.uk, "almost at the end of their season. I only played in 10 games, starting five, but we finished high up the table and we won the cup as well. It was my first trophy as a professional and I was very, very happy about it.
"They asked me to come back for another loan, which started in March and things are going well. We have been near the top of the table all season so far, and have been in first position a few times, so it’s a good time for us. Now we have to maintain that until the end of the season."
A player in the mould of Nigel de Jong, Abu can see improvements to his game thanks to his playing regular, first-team football, although like Nigel goals are not as yet a speciality.
"My game has changed a lot. I know a lot more about the right positioning to take, how to support the forwards and how to break down any counter-attacks.
I’ve played in all the games but not scored yet, I’m not a goalscorer really, and I just try to create for others.
One factor helping Abu in his progress was the arrival on loan of City team mate and friend Omar Elabdellaoui in April, although sadly Omar now has a battle to fight after breaking a bone in his foot in Saturday's win over Fredrikstad.
"We were good friends over in England and I was very pleased when I heard he was coming here," says Abu about Omar. "He’s a hard-working player, he has a lot of potential and I can already see that he has improved since coming to Norway."
For himself, Abu has hopes of success on two fronts.
"I hope to help the club achieve something by the end of the season. We have a qualifier for the Europa League coming up and I would love to help us get into the group stages.
"For myself, I hope to keep improving. My dream is to go back and play for City, so I’ll just keep working hard all the time I am over here in Norway to help my dream come true."