WERDER.DE: Other than VfL Osnabrück, which clubs did you support?
Felix Agu: “I watched Manchester United the most, but we also had a lot of Werder games on at home because my father is a big Werder fan. He always said that when he first arrived in Germany, he liked their name and he’s supported them ever since!” (laughs)
WERDER.DE: After playing for the VfL youth teams, when did you first start to push to get into the first team?
Felix Agu: “It was always my dream to become a professional at Osnabrück. At first I didn’t really believe it would work out as I wasn’t necessarily that much better than the others in my age group. I just always tried to keep at it, keep learning, and to fight my way through. Physically, I was a late bloomer but I made some gains in the U19s. When I saw Daniel Thioune make the leap to training with the first team, I began to see that my path could also lead that way and that’s how it’s happened.”
WERDER.DE: So the drive to turn professional wasn’t what drove you to play football as a youngster?
Felix Agu: “It was just a hobby that I loved doing. Playing for VfL as a youngster was a lot different to playing for the likes of Werder and it always felt as if professional football was a long way away. But I enjoyed it a lot so I just kept playing. I was with my friends and was always trying to improve. It wasn’t until the U17s that I became a lot more ambitious and realised that actually, I could make it in professional football.”
WERDER.DE: Did you never attempt to join the academy of a Bundesliga side?
Felix Agu: “It might have been possible with the U19s but it never crossed my mind before then. I think I flew under the radar a bit during my youth career. (laughs) It’s sometimes better for your development to go your own way in the quieter surroundings of a smaller club instead of having too much pressure to perform as a child. For me at least, that was the perfect environment to develop.”