Johnny Russell (footballer)

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Johnny Russell
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Russell playing for Dundee United in 2011
Personal information
Full name Jonathan Russell
Date of birth (1990-04-08) 8 April 1990 (age 24)
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Derby County
Number 11
Youth career
2003–2007 Dundee United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2013 Dundee United 102 (31)
2008 Forfar Athletic (loan) 9 (4)
2009 Forfar Athletic (loan) 17 (4)
2009–2010 Raith Rovers (loan) 23 (4)
2013– Derby County 39 (9)
National team
2007–2010 Scotland U19 10 (2)
2010–2012 Scotland U21 11 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 May 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 30 April 2013

Jonathan "Johnny" Russell (born 8 April 1990) is a Scottish professional footballer who plays as a striker for English club Derby County.

Club career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Russell, who had featured just five times for Dundee United's under-19 side in 2006–07, made his professional debut on 12 May 2007 in the 2–0 defeat at Falkirk, coming on as an 80th-minute substitute. In August 2008, Russell moved on loan to Forfar Athletic until the end of the year,[1] scoring twice on his début. In January 2009, Russell made his first start for Dundee United in the Scottish Cup fourth round victory at East Stirlingshire, scoring a second-half penalty kick for his first United goal. Russell returned to Forfar on loan for the remainder of the season, agreeing a contract extension with United in April until May 2012.[2]

In September 2009, Russell played and scored in Dundee United's League Cup win against Ross County before undertaking a month's loan with Raith Rovers, which was subsequently extended until Boxing Day.[3] The deal was further extended until the end of the season, and Russell ended his time in Kirkcaldy in style, netting his first senior hat-trick in a final day 4–1 win over Ross County.[4]

Dundee United breakthrough[edit]

Russell playing for Dundee United in January 2011

In April 2011, Russell scored a header, for Dundee United's second goal in a 3–2 win at Ibrox, which David Goodwillie scored the winner in the 89th minute.[5] On 21 July he scored for United in the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League, the second in a 3–1 second qualifying round first leg win against Polish side Śląsk Wrocław. United would go on to lose the second leg 2–0 and be eliminated on the away goals rule. He also scored against Celtic that season, and broke into the United team.

On 7 January 2012, Russell netted a hat-trick, his second of his career, in a 6–2 Scottish Cup win over Airdrie United.[6] As of that match, Russell had scored a total of 9 goals in the 2011–12 season and it saw him become a regular in the starting line-up for Dundee United alongside Jon Daly.

On 19 January 2013, Russell scored his first SPL hattrick in a 3–2 win over Kilmarnock. On 2 February 2013, Russell equalled Finn Døssing's record for the fastest ever Dundee United goal. Scoring after 14 seconds in a 3–0 Scottish Cup victory against Rangers at Tannadice Park.

In May 2013, it was reported that bids for Russell were made by Italian Serie A team Catania and English Championship side Derby County with Dundee United keen to sell Russell with a year left on his contract after his agent stated that Russell would not be signing a new contract.[7] In June 2013; Derby County had an offer accepted for the striker, with personal terms also agreed ahead of a medical on 10 June.[8]

Derby County[edit]

On the day of his medical, Russell formally joined Derby County for a fee of around £750,000. He signed a four-year contract.[9] Russell made an impressive start to his Derby County career, scoring a brace in a pre-season friendly at Irish side Bohemians. He then scored goals in each of the subsequent friendlies at Port Vale and Bristol Rovers. Russell's competition for a starting place will consist of Chris Martin, Conor Sammon and Jamie Ward.[10] Russell scored on his competitive debut, from the penalty spot, in Derby's 1–1 draw with Blackburn Rovers on 4 August.[11] He scored a fifth in four friendlies in the Bass Charity Vase final against Burton Albion on 13 August, which Derby lost 3–2.[12] He scored the first in a 3–0 win away at Yeovil Town on 24 August, missed a penalty in a 0–3 home defeat to Burnley and got both goals in a 2–2 draw away to Bolton Wanderers on 17 September. His fifth goal of the season came on 5 October 2013. The first game under new Derby manager Steve McClaren, Russell scored the second goal as The Rams beat Leeds United 3–1, recording their 10th consecutive win against the Yorkshiremen.[13] Russell fractured his left Fibula during the game and was ruled out of action for six weeks.[14]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 11 May 2014[15]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Dundee United 2006–07 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2007–08 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2008–09 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1
2009–10 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1
2010–11 29 9 3 0 1 0 0 0 33 9
2011–12 37 9 3 4 1 1 2 1 43 15
2012–13 32 13 2 5 2 2 2 0 38 20
Dundee United Total 102 31 9 10 5 4 4 1 120 46
Forfar Athletic (loan) 2008–09 9 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 4
Forfar Athletic (loan) 2008–09 17 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 4
Raith Rovers (loan) 2009–10 23 4 5 1 0 0 0 0 28 5
Loans Total 49 12 5 1 0 0 0 0 54 13
Derby County 2013–14 39 9 0 0 1 0 2 0 42 9
Derby County Total 39 9 0 0 1 0 2 0 42 9
Career Total 190 52 14 11 6 4 6 1 214 69

International career[edit]

In August 2007, Russell made his debut for Scotland under-19s, also appearing in the following match in April 2008 in a 5–1 win over Denmark.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "JOHNNY RUSSELL ON LOAN TO FORFAR ATHLETIC". Dundee United FC. 20 August 2008. Retrieved 20 August 2008. 
  2. ^ "Trio extend contracts". Dundee United FC. 3 April 2009. Retrieved 3 April 2009. 
  3. ^ "Morton will have to pay to get Moore". Press and Journal. 27 October 2009. 
  4. ^ "Raith Rovers 4–1 Ross County". BBC Sport. 1 May 2010. Retrieved 1 May 2010. 
  5. ^ "Rangers 2–3 Dundee United". BBC Sport. 2 April 2011. 
  6. ^ "Airdrie Utd 2–6 Dundee Utd". BBC Sport. 7 January 2012. Retrieved 13 January 2012. 
  7. ^ "Dundee United plan to cash in on Johnny Russell". BBC Sport. 28 May 2013. Retrieved 28 May 2013. 
  8. ^ "Rams agree fee for Scottish striker Russell". Derby Telegraph. 5 June 2013. Retrieved 5 June 2013. 
  9. ^ "Johnny Russell: Derby County sign Dundee United striker". BBC Sport. 10 June 2013. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  10. ^ "Russell arrival gives Rams an extra option as one of strikers with pedigree". Derby Telegraph. 27 July 2013. Retrieved 29 July 2013. 
  11. ^ "Derby 1–1 Blackburn". BBC Sport. 4 August 2013. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  12. ^ "Burton Albion 3-2 Derby County". Burton Albio FC. 13 August 2013. Retrieved 29 September 2013. 
  13. ^ "Derby 3–1 Leeds". BBC Sport. 5 October 2013. Retrieved 5 October 2013. 
  14. ^ "Derby striker Johnny Russell out for six weeks through injury". BBC Sport. 8 October 2013. Retrieved 8 October 2013. 
  15. ^ Johnny Russell (footballer) career stats at Soccerbase
  16. ^ "Scotland U19s 5 Denmark U19s 1". 2 April 2008. 

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