Danny Shittu

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Danny Shittu
Danny Shittu.jpg
Shittu playing for Millwall
Personal information
Full name Daniel Olusola Shittu
Date of birth (1980-09-02) 2 September 1980 (age 34)
Place of birth Lagos, Nigeria
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Millwall
Number 3
Youth career
1999 Norwich City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2002 Charlton Athletic 0 (0)
2001 Blackpool (loan) 17 (2)
2001 Queens Park Rangers (loan) 18 (1)
2002–2006 Queens Park Rangers 165 (16)
2006–2008 Watford 69 (8)
2008–2010 Bolton Wanderers 10 (0)
2010–2011 Millwall 9 (0)
2011–2012 Queens Park Rangers 7 (0)
2012– Millwall 62 (2)
National team
2000–2010 Nigeria 32 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26 October 2014 (BST).
† Appearances (Goals).

Daniel Olusola "Danny" Shittu (born 2 September 1980) is a Nigerian footballer who is currently playing for Millwall for the second time in his career.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Shittu started his career at Charlton Athletic, after a trial at Norwich City as a teenager. Shittu started in 28 games for Charlton scoring a record 14 goals as a centre back.[1] He spent most of his two years at the club on loan, first at Blackpool in January and February 2001, then Queens Park Rangers.

Queens Park Rangers[edit]

Shittu's debut for Rangers as a loanee, away at Peterborough on 23 October 2001 in a Football League One fixture, was rather inauspicious ending in his being sent off in the 83rd minute.[2] His first goal came away at Chesterfield on 15 December 2001 in a game in which he was again sent off.[3]

QPR acquired his services permanently for £350,000 in January 2002. He was bought by fan (and later Life president) Harold Winton, who also paid Shittu's wages during his first season at the club.[4] His first game as a permanent player was the home fixture with Bury on 12 January 2002. Shittu went on to have a very successful spell at Loftus Road becoming a fan's favourite for his robust and combative performances in the heart of the defence. He was part of the team that made it to the Division Two play-off Final in 2003 where Rangers were narrowly beaten by Cardiff[5] and the team that won promotion the following season. He made a total of 182 appearances in four seasons and scored 17 goals.

Watford[edit]

On 6 August 2006 he was signed for £1.6 million by Premiership newcomers Watford. This move was controversial, as Shittu had passed a medical at West Bromwich Albion, before a late call from Watford manager Aidy Boothroyd.

Shittu scored his first goal for the club in a 2–2 draw against Newcastle United in the League Cup on 7 November 2006. He powered a header past Newcastle goalkeeper Steve Harper to give Watford the lead. However Watford went on to lose the match on penalties. Shittu scored his first Premier League goal on 5 May 2007 in a 2–0 win at Reading.

On 16 February 2008, Shittu managed to score both for and against his former club, Charlton Athletic.[6] After a successful 2007–08 season with Watford in which Shittu scored 9 goals in all competitions, he was named in the PFA Championship team of the year.[7] Shittu left Watford in August 2008 to join Premier League side Bolton Wanderers for a fee of £2m plus further add-ons. He made 69 appearances scoring 8 times for Watford between 2006–2008.

Bolton Wanderers[edit]

Shittu joined Premier League club Bolton Wanderers on 6 August 2008,[8] on a three-year contract, for £2m plus further add-ons, beating off competition from Scottish Premier League club Rangers.[9]

Shittu made his debut for Bolton on 30 August during their 0–0 draw with West Brom. He then went on to start the next two games against Fulham and Arsenal, but then did not make another appearance until 28 December in a 1–0 loss at home to Wigan Athletic. Shittu went on to make 10 league appearances for Bolton in his first season at the club, nine of which were starts.

Shittu did not make a single appearance during the 2009–10 season, only managing to make four appearances as an unused substitute. During Shittu's absence from the Premier League, he made regular appearances for the Bolton reserves team, playing with the likes of Nicky Hunt before his release.

In May 2010, it was reported that Shittu was a target for Kayserispor of the Turkish league, with early reports suggesting that he was being offered a lucrative £1m a year contract.[10]

On 1 September 2010, the club announced that they had a come to an agreement with Shittu to release him from his contract.[11]

Millwall[edit]

He signed for Millwall on a three-month contract, on 20 October 2010 and left the club on 25 January 2011 and after an impressive string of performances he signed for QPR.

Return to Queens Park Rangers[edit]

On 27 January 2011, Shittu rejoined Queens Park Rangers on a 6-month contract.[12] He made his second debut for the club on 22 February in the 2–0 win over Ipswich Town.[13] After impressive performances in the Championship winning season he was offered a new 12-month contract in June, however he did not make the 25-man Premier League squad meaning to date he has only appeared in Rangers League Cup campaign. He was then released at the end of the season, making only one appearance the whole season.

Return to Millwall[edit]

On 13 August 2012, Shittu rejoined Millwall on a 1-year contract and was named as vice-captain. On 13 March he scored the only goal, a header away to Blackburn Rovers to put Millwall into the FA Cup semi-final against Wigan Athletic at Wembley Stadium. He was also voted player of the year for 2013 [14]

International career[edit]

Shittu made his international debut for Nigeria against Paraguay on 26 March 2002.

He was a regular under coach Berti Vogts and played a significant role for the Super Eagles team that lost in the quarter-finals of the 2008 CAF Africa Cup of Nations to hosts Ghana. He was also a rock in the back four for Nigeria at 2010 Africa Cup of Nations in Algeria as the side finished third.

Shittu was involved in the qualification for the 2010 FIFA World Cup making four appearances for the Super Eagles with his first coming in a 1–0 win away to South Africa on 6 June 2008. His second came in a 4–1 win at home over Sierra Leone. As well as the 0–0 draw away with Mozambique and the 1–0 home win in the reverse fixture.

Shittu was selected for the 23-man Nigeria squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. He made his first appearance in the World Cup in their opening game of Group B against Argentina on 12 June 2010.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 1 March 2014[15]
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Charlton Athletic 1999–2000 League One 0 0 0 0 0 0 - - - - 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 - - - - 0 0
Blackpool (loan) 2000–01 League One 17 2 0 0 0 0 - - 2 0 19 2
Total 17 2 0 0 0 0 - - 2 0 19 2
Queens Park Rangers (loan) 2001–02 Championship 18 1 0 0 0 0 - - - - 18 1
Queens Park Rangers 2002–03 Championship 46 7 1 0 1 0 - - - - 48 7
2003–04 Championship 20 0 0 0 0 0 - - 4 0 24 0
2004–05 Championship 34 4 1 0 0 0 - - 2 0 37 4
2005–06 Championship 45 4 1 0 0 0 - - - - 46 4
Total 173 16 3 0 1 0 - - 6 0 183 16
Watford 2006–07 Premier League 30 1 2 0 2 1 - - - - 34 2
2007–08 Championship 39 7 1 2 0 0 - - 1 0 41 9
Total 69 8 3 2 2 1 - - 1 0 75 11
Bolton Wanderers 2008–09 Premier League 10 0 1 0 1 0 - - - - 12 0
2009–10 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 - - - - 0 0
Total 10 0 1 0 1 0 - - - - 12 0
Millwall 2010–11 Championship 9 0 1 0 0 0 - - - - 10 0
Total 9 0 1 0 0 0 - - - - 10 0
Queens Park Rangers 2010–11 Championship 7 0 0 0 0 0 - - - - 7 0
2011–12 Premier League 0 0 0 0 1 0 - - - - 1 0
Total 7 0 0 0 1 0 - - - - 8 0
Millwall 2012–13 Championship 39 0 4 2 1 0 - - - - 44 2
2013–14 Championship 21 1 1 0 0 0 - - - - 22 1
Total 60 1 5 2 1 0 - - - - 66 3
Career total 345 27 13 4 11 0 - - 9 0 378 31

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Queens Park Rangers

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Flow from the nest – Daniel Shittu". Ex-Canaries. 
  2. ^ "Result between Peterborough & QPR on 2001-10-23". www.soccerbase.com. Retrieved 2011-01-26. 
  3. ^ "Result between Chesterfield & QPR on 2001-12-15". www.soccerbase.com. Retrieved 2011-01-26. 
  4. ^ "Shittu's permanent move". BBC. 7 January 2002. 
  5. ^ "Cardiff seal promotion". BBC. 23 May 2003. 
  6. ^ http://www.charlton-athletic.co.uk/newsview.ink?nid=31994&newstype=m Official report
  7. ^ Ronaldo named player of the year
  8. ^ "Shittu secures switch to Bolton". BBC Sport. 6 August 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-06. 
  9. ^ "Shittu trots on". Watford FC official website. 6 August 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-17. 
  10. ^ "Danny Shittu set to snub Bristol City, Portsmouth and Newcastle for £1m-a-year Kayserispor switch". Daily Mail. 10 May 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-10. 
  11. ^ "Shittu Released From Contract". bwfc.co.uk. 1 September 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-01. 
  12. ^ "Shittu Returns". qpr.co.uk. 27 January 2011. Retrieved 2011-01-27. 
  13. ^ "QPR 2 – 0 Ipswich". BBC Sport. 22 February 2011. Retrieved 2011-02-23. 
  14. ^ "Millwall's Danny Shittu scores to put Blackburn Rovers out of FA Cup". Guardian. 13 March 2013. Retrieved 13 March 2013. 
  15. ^ "Danny Shittu career stats". Soccerbase. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 

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