Adebayo Fapetu joined Derby County’s Academy squad ahead of the 2021/22 season.
The midfielder linked up with the Rams at Under-18 level after ten years in Arsenal's academy set up.
He went on to make 19 appearances for the Under-18s in Premier League - North in his first year as a scholar, scoring once in a 3-1 success at Liverpool, while he also made a brief appearance off the bench for the Under-21s in Premier League 2 - Division 1.
His second season with the Under-18s saw those appearances step up as he made 25 appearances in all competitions including three for the Under-21s in Premier League 2.
He signed professional terms in the summer of 2023 to step up to the Under-21 squad on a permanent basis.