Zeki Fryers

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Zeki Fryers
Zeki Fryers.jpg
Fryers in 2013
Personal information
Full name Ezekiel David Fryers[1]
Date of birth (1992-09-09) 9 September 1992 (age 21)
Place of birth Manchester, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current team
Tottenham Hotspur
Number 35
Youth career
2009–2011 Manchester United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2012 Manchester United 2 (0)
2012–2013 Standard Liège 7 (0)
2013– Tottenham Hotspur 7 (0)
National team
2007–2008 England U16 5 (0)
2008–2009 England U17 7 (0)
2010 England U19 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:58, 20 March 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21:25, 22 August 2012 (UTC)[2]

Ezekiel David "Zeki" Fryers (born 9 September 1992) is an English footballer who plays as a defender for English club Tottenham Hotspur. He is a youth international, having played for the England under-16, under-17 and under-19 teams.

Career[edit]

Manchester United[edit]

During the 2010–11 season, Fryers suffered a serious knee injury that kept him out for most of the season.[3] Fryers made his senior debut for Manchester United in the League Cup on 20 September 2011, starting alongside Michael Carrick in central defence in United's third round 3–0 victory over rivals Leeds United.[4] He then played in their 3–0 fourth round win against Aldershot Town on 25 October, appearing as a left back.[5] On 2 November, he was a late substitute for Jonny Evans during a 2–0 win against Oțelul Galați in a Champions League group stage match at Old Trafford. He made his Premier League debut in a game against Wolverhampton Wanderers, coming on as a substitute for Patrice Evra in the 68th minute; the game finished 4–1.[6] On 26 December 2011, Fryers continued to press for more inclusions as a 46th-minute substitute for Jonny Evans in a league match against Wigan Athletic.

In February 2012, Sky Sports carried a story suggesting that Fryers could follow fellow academy product Ravel Morrison out of Old Trafford at the end of the 2011–12 season.[7] On 4 July 2012, Sir Alex Ferguson stated in an interview: "We haven't heard anything from Zeki Fryers, I don't know what's happening there but he's not been in touch with the club. His agent hasn't been in touch with the club and I can only assume he'll be back for training."[8]

Standard Liège[edit]

Fryers spent the summer training with Tottenham Hotspur ahead of a proposed transfer, but the two clubs were unable to agree on a compensation package (in England, when a player under the age of 23 leaves a club at the end of his contract, his new club must pay a fee to his old club as compensation for having trained him up). Belgian club Standard Liège also expressed interest in Fryers, and as they are not an English club, they did not have to pay Manchester United the same level of compensation.[9] Fryers signed a two-year contract with Liège on 23 August 2012.[10] Fryers played in seven matches for Standard, but with the sacking of Ron Jans in November, he was left out of the squad and ultimately reported to his agent that he was homesick.[11]

Tottenham Hotspur[edit]

With Fryers out of favour in Belgium, Tottenham renewed their interest in him in the January 2013 transfer window and reached an agreement with Standard Liège to sign him.[12] The transfer was criticised by Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson, who accused Tottenham of "blatant manipulation" of the rules,[11] having attempted to sign Fryers directly from Manchester United in the previous transfer window. Upon signing, Fryers was made part of Tottenham's development squad.[13] During the Asia Cup competition, in July 2013, Tottenham brought Fryers on as a sub, where he played at left-back for the remainder of the game. He was given the number 35 jersey by the club.

Career statistics[edit]

As of 20 March 2014.
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other[nb 1] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Manchester United 2011–12 2 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 6 0
Standard Liège 2012–13 7 0 0 0 7 0
Tottenham Hotspur 2012–13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013–14 4 0 0 0 2 0 7 0 0 0 13 0
Total 4 0 0 0 2 0 7 0 0 0 13 0
Career total 13 0 0 0 5 0 8 0 0 0 26 0

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Includes other competitive competitions, including the FA Community Shield

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Premier League clubs submit squad lists" (PDF). PremierLeague.com. Premier League. 2 February 2012. p. 24. Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  2. ^ "Ezekiel Fryers Profile". TheFA.com. The Football Association. Retrieved 20 September 2011. 
  3. ^ Marshall, Adam; Coppack, Nick (30 November 2011). "Fryers thrilled with progress". ManUtd.com. Manchester United. Retrieved 14 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "Leeds 0–3 Man Utd". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 20 September 2011. Retrieved 20 September 2011. 
  5. ^ Winter, Henry (25 October 2011). "Aldershot 0 Manchester United 3: match report". The Daily Telegraph (Telegraph Media Group). Retrieved 25 October 2011. 
  6. ^ "Manchester United 4–1 Wolves". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 10 December 2011. Retrieved 10 December 2011. 
  7. ^ O'Rourke, Pete (2 February 2012). "United risk losing starlet". Sky Sports (BSkyB). Retrieved 22 August 2012. 
  8. ^ Marshall, Adam (4 July 2012). "Boss confirms Pogba exit". ManUtd.com (Manchester United). Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  9. ^ "Manchester United's £6m price tag forces Fryers to head to Standard Liege". Daily Mail (Associated Newspapers). 22 August 2012. Retrieved 23 August 2012. 
  10. ^ "Un défenseur de Manchester United signe au Standard !" [A Manchester United defender signs for Standard!]. standard.be (in French) (Royal Standard de Liège). 23 August 2012. Retrieved 23 August 2012. 
  11. ^ a b "Sir Alex Ferguson accuses Tottenham over Zeki Fryers deal". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 4 January 2013. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  12. ^ "Fryers joins from Standard Liege". tottenhamhotspur.com (Tottenham Hotspur FC). 3 January 2013. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  13. ^ Bryan, Lee (8 January 2013). "Sherwood challenges Spurs new boy Fryers to earn his place in the first team". Mail Online (Associated Newspapers). Retrieved 25 January 2013. 

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