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Folkestone Invicta striker Ade Yusuff taking boss Neil Cugley's advice on board

By Steve Tervet

Folkestone striker Ade Yusuff is starting to produce the form which could earn him a move back to the Football League.

Yusuff scored his 21st and 22nd goals of the season with a double away to Bostik Premier leaders Dulwich Hamlet on Saturday.

The 23-year-old joined Dagenham & Redbridge from Chatham in 2015 but scored just twice in 20 appearances for the Daggers.

Ade Yusuff celebrates another goal for Folkestone Picture: Paul Amos
Ade Yusuff celebrates another goal for Folkestone Picture: Paul Amos

After several loan spells away from Victoria Road, he returned to Chats and later played for Heybridge Swifts before signing for Folkestone last summer.

He’s led their play-off charge superbly and is right in the hunt for the Golden Boot with 19 league goals.

“He’s done well,” said Invicta boss Neil Cugley. “It’s no secret his aim is to play professional football again and it’s consistency with him, that’s what I keep emphasising, that he’s got to do it week in, week out.

“Managers at the top level don’t want players who can’t do it consistently and that’s what he’s trying to work on. Me and Edgy (Roland Edge) keep advising him and he’s learning and listening.

“He’s good in the air, strong and quick. There are things he’s got to improve on but his record’s good and he’s a good lad.

“I’ve got a lot of time for him. He wants to learn and he takes things on board when you talk to him.

“He’s drifted here, there and everywhere and Folkestone’s been a great club for him.

“It works both ways. We’re quite understanding and don’t expect miracles from players.

“We’re not in that financial bracket where he’s got to do it week in, week out but he’s now realising that for him to get on, he has got to do that.

“He always asks ‘what can I do better?’ and we tell him. Sometimes he’s disappointed with the answer but that’s the conversation we have. He goes away and he’s taking things on board.

“He was a little bit moody when we first had him, a bit up and down.

“People don’t watch a player for one game, they watch him over a period of time. If he’s being watched now, he’s played well the last few games so how will he do in the next couple of games? That’s how he’ll get his move.

“When he came here, that was always the idea to see if he could push on.”

Yusuff has scored six goals in his last six games and 12 in 15 since the start of November.

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