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🚀 "I'm trying to repay the faith the manager has in me"

Michael Olise on his wonderful strike against the Tykes and his role within the team dynamic..

21 September 2020

"What a strike" yelped the commentator as Michael Olise swung a left leg at a half-cleared corner to score his first goal in professional football from all of 25 yards!

The Royals Academy product has talent in abundance. And this was hopefully only the first of many for Olise.

"It dropped to the edge of the box...I thought I might have a go, get a shot off. And luckily it went in," he modestly explained.

"It was a good team performance though – we dug in, we worked hard and got the result.

"We’ve had four games now – we were unlucky against Luton in the cup but we’ve got back-to-back wins in the league.

"It’s been a good start in the league and as a group we’re happy. But we’re just going to keep playing and see where we can go. Two wins from two is good momentum going into the next couple."



Olise has become a permanent fixture on the teamsheet this season and is maturing fast in learning his role and the important part it plays in the context of the team.

"The manager has faith in young players and he has faith in me. That gives me confidence and to the other young boys as well, who are training really well with us. I just want to repay that faith. 

"It’s good to have older heads around us too – it really pushes you on. I learn a lot from Swifty and Ovie as well – they’re talented players. It’s great to play with them.

"And I'm learning that it’s important to do the other side of the game as well as the attacking.

"The manager wants us to press and press with intensity. And everybody has to do their part and put the opposition under pressure."


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