Jonathan Obika

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Jonathan Obika
Jonathan Obika July 2010.jpg
Personal information
Full name Jonathan Chiedozie Obika[1]
Date of birth (1990-09-12) 12 September 1990 (age 24)[1]
Place of birth Enfield, England
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Swindon Town
Number 20
Youth career
2006–2008 Tottenham Hotspur
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2014 Tottenham Hotspur 0 (0)
2009 Yeovil Town (loan) 10 (4)
2009–2010 Yeovil Town (loan) 22 (6)
2010 Millwall (loan) 12 (2)
2010–2011 Crystal Palace (loan) 7 (0)
2011 Peterborough United (loan) 1 (1)
2011 Swindon Town (loan) 5 (0)
2011 Yeovil Town (loan) 11 (3)
2011–2012 Yeovil Town (loan) 27 (4)
2013 Charlton Athletic (loan) 10 (3)
2014 Brighton & Hove Albion (loan) 5 (0)
2014 Charlton Athletic (loan) 12 (0)
2014– Swindon Town 1 (2)
National team
2008–2009 England U19 1 (0)
2009 England U20 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:15, 1 September 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20:57, 29 September 2009 (UTC+1)

Jonathan Chiedozie Obika (born 12 September 1990) is an English footballer who plays for Swindon Town. He plays as a striker.

Career[edit]

Born in Enfield, London, Obika is a product of the Tottenham Hotspur youth system and was the top scorer for the academy side in the 2007–08 season. He made his first team debut in the UEFA Cup on 27 November 2008 against NEC Nijmegen.[2] He also played against Ukrainian side FC Shakhtar Donetsk in the same competition. He signed a more secure contract with the club in January 2009.[3]

On 19 March 2009 he signed with League One team Yeovil Town on a month's loan.[4] His loan was extended until the end of the 2008–09 season in April.[5] In his two-month loan spell he played 10 games scoring 4 goals.

Obika returned to Yeovil on a three-month loan on 11 August 2009. He scored in his third game of the 2009–10 season against Leyton Orient. He scored again on 1 September against Bournemouth in the Football League Trophy, coming on as a substitute at half time.[6] Along with fellow Tottenham loanees Steven Caulker and Ryan Mason, his loan was extended until the end of the season on 5 November.[7]

On 11 February, Obika was sent back to Spurs due to the return to Yeovil of Arron Davies and was then immediately sent on loan to fellow League One side Millwall.[8] On 13 April, Obika scored an injury time equaliser for Millwall against Yeovil and despite what it meant to Millwall's promotion push, he didn't celebrate as a mark of respect for his old club.[9]

On 20 August, Obika returned to south London to join Crystal Palace on a season-long loan deal.[10] However this was cut short in early January after a series of disappointing performances, and he went on loan to Peterborough United instead.[11] He then joined Swindon Town a few weeks later until the end of the season[12] but was recalled after lack of opportunities at Swindon. Obika then subsequently rejoined Yeovil until the end of the season, his third club of the 2010–11 season,[13] and made 11 appearances scoring 3 goals.

Obika then rejoined Yeovil on loan at the start of the 2011–12 season until January 2012,[14] this deal was later extended until the end of the season. On 26 December 2011, Obika scored the first goal of his new loan deal against Charlton Athletic with an overhead kick,[15] and he then went on to score against Carlisle, Sheffield Wednesday and Leyton Orient.

In February 2013, Obika signed on loan with Championship side Charlton Athletic for the remainder of the 2012–13 season and also signed a one year contract extension with Spurs until 2014.[16] Obika scored his first goal for Charlton against Leeds United, a stoppage time header to win the match 2–1. Obika followed this up with a 90th minute winner against Wolves.

On 8 January 2014, Obika joined Championship club Brighton & Hove Albion on an initial three month loan deal.[17] He scored his first goal for Brighton in the FA Cup 4th round tie against Port Vale in the 78th minute, Brighton won 3–1. Rohan Ince & Solomon March scored the other two goals for the Albion.[18] After his deal with Brighton expired, Obika rejoined Charlton Athletic on loan, for the remainder of the season.

Obika left Tottenham and joined League One club Swindon Town on 1 September 2014 for an undisclosed fee; rumored to be around £200,000. He signed a Deal that would see him kept at The County Ground for 2 years.

International career[edit]

Obika was called up to represent England in the Under 20 World Cup tournament hosted in Egypt from 24 September – 16 October 2009. Obika featured in the first two games against Ghana and Uruguay.[19]

Personal life[edit]

Obika grew up in Edmonton and attended The Bishop Stopford's School in Enfield.[20] He is the cousin of singer and former Fame Academy contestant Lemar,[citation needed]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 3 May 2014.[21]
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other[A] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Tottenham Hotspur 2008–09[22] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0
2009–10[23] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2010–11[24] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2011–12[25] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2012–13[26] Premier League 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
2013–14[27] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 0 4 0
Yeovil Town (loan) 2008–09[22] League One 10 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 4
2009–10[23] League One 22 6 1 0 1 0 1 1 25 7
2010–11[24] League One 11 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 3
2011–12[25] League One 27 4 0 0 1 0 0 0 28 4
Total 70 17 1 0 2 0 1 1 74 18
Millwall (loan) 2009–10[23] League One 12 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 2
Crystal Palace (loan) 2010–11[24] Championship 7 0 0 0 1 0 8 0
Peterborough United (loan) 2010–11[24] League One 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
Swindon Town (loan) 2010–11[24] League One 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Charlton Athletic (loan) 2012–13[26] Championship 10 3 0 0 0 0 10 3
2013–14[27] Championship 12 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
Brighton & Hove Albion (loan) 2013–14[27] Championship 5 1 3 1 0 0 8 2
Total 52 7 4 1 1 0 57 8
Career totals 122 24 6 1 4 0 2 0 1 1 135 26
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals (including those as a substitute) in the Football League Trophy.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2009). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2009–10. Mainstream Publishing. ISBN 978-1-84596-474-0. 
  2. ^ Lyon, Sam (27 November 2008). "NEC Nijmegen 0–1 Tottenham". BBC Sport. Retrieved 27 November 2008. 
  3. ^ "Obika signs contract". Tottenham Hotspur F.C. 20 January 2009. Retrieved 25 January 2009. 
  4. ^ "Yeovil sign teenage Tottenham duo". BBC Sport. 19 March 2009. Retrieved 9 April 2009. 
  5. ^ "Yeovil extend deals for Spurs duo". BBC Sport. 8 April 2009. Retrieved 9 April 2009. 
  6. ^ "Yeovil return for Obika". Tottenham Hotspur F.C. 11 August 2009. 
  7. ^ "Three Sign Loans for Season". Yeovil Town F.C. 5 November 2009. 
  8. ^ "Lions loan for Jon". 11 February 2010. 
  9. ^ http://www.ytfc.net/page/MatchReport/0,,10673~48988,00.html
  10. ^ "Obika loan to Palace". Tottenham Hotspur F.C. 20 August 2010. Retrieved 22 August 2010. 
  11. ^ "Posh Swoop For Obika". theposh.com. 7 January 2011. Retrieved 7 January 2011. 
  12. ^ "Tottenham striker Jon Obika joins Swindon Town on loan". BBC Sport. 8 February 2011. 
  13. ^ "Yeovil Town sign Tottenham Hotspur striker Obika". BBC Sport. 17 March 2011. 
  14. ^ "Yeovil Town sign Tottenham Hotspur's Jonathan Obika". BBC Sport. 4 August 2011. 
  15. ^ "Yeovil 2–3 Charlton". BBC Sport. 26 December 2011. 
  16. ^ "Charlton Athletic sign Tottenham's Jonathan Obika on loan". BBC Sport. 22 February 2013. Retrieved 22 February 2013. 
  17. ^ "Albion Add Striker". Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. 2014-01-08. Retrieved 2014-01-08. 
  18. ^ [1]
  19. ^ "England Squad list". FIFA. Retrieved 29 September 2009. [dead link]
  20. ^ "Player Profile:Jonathan Obika". Tottenham Hotspur. 
  21. ^ "Jonathan Obika". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  22. ^ a b "Games played by Jonathan Obika in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  23. ^ a b c "Games played by Jonathan Obika in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  24. ^ a b c d e "Games played by Jonathan Obika in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  25. ^ a b "Games played by Jonathan Obika in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  26. ^ a b "Games played by Jonathan Obika in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  27. ^ a b c "Games played by Jonathan Obika in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 

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