Jordan Obita

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Jordan Obita
Personal information
Full name Jordan John Obita[1]
Date of birth (1993-12-08) 8 December 1993 (age 20)
Place of birth Oxford, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Left-back, Winger
Club information
Current team
Reading
Number 11
Youth career
2002–2010 Reading
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010– Reading 34 (1)
2012 Barnet (loan) 5 (0)
2012 Gillingham (loan) 6 (3)
2012 Portsmouth (loan) 8 (1)
2013 Oldham Athletic (loan) 8 (0)
National team
2010 England U18 1 (1)
2011 England U19 6 (0)
2014– England U21 2 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:23, 4 May 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11:45, 22 June 2014 (UTC)

Jordan John Obita (born 8 December 1993) is an English footballer who plays for Championship club Reading.

Club career[edit]

Early career and loans[edit]

Born in Oxford,[2] Obita had trials with his hometown club but chose instead to sign for Reading, joining their Academy at the age of eight.[3] He played initially as a central midfielder but competition for places and his abundance of pace meant he was moved out to the wing.[4] He made his first team debut for Reading age 16 in the first round of the League Cup against Torquay United on 11 August 2010, coming on as a 113th minute substitute for Michail Antonio.[5] He travelled with the first team squad for Reading's pre-season trip to Slovenia prior to the 2011–12 season and made his first senior start in a League Cup game against Charlton Athletic in August that season.[6][7]

On 27 January 2012 he signed for League Two side Barnet on loan, making his debut for the club the following day against Crewe Alexandra.[8][9] After one month with Barnet he joined Gillingham on a similar arrangement and scored his first professional goal against his former loan side.[10][11] He scored twice in the next game against Cheltenham Town and made a further three appearances before returning to Reading in April after turning down the chance to extend his stay.[12][13] During his loan spell he was also nominated for 2011–12 Football League Championship Apprentice of the Year though he ultimately lost out to Coventry City's Gael Bigirimana.[14]

In August Obita signed for League One club Portsmouth on a one-month loan,[15] adding that he "didn't have to think twice" about joining the club.[16] Later that evening he made his debut against Colchester United and scored a late equaliser with his first touch.[17] His loan was extended for a second month in September though he eventually returned to Reading a few days early following a death in his family.[18][19] He left on loan again in January 2013, signing a one-month agreement with Oldham Athletic.[20] He scored his first goal for the club in their televised FA Cup fifth round tie against Everton the following month.[21] After expressing an interest in extending his stay with the club,[22] his loan was renewed for a second month after which he returned to Reading.[23][24] Despite the option of remaining at Oldham, Obita ended his spell early with a view to impressing incoming Reading manager Nigel Adkins and breaking into the first team.[2]

First team breakthrough[edit]

He made his first Reading appearance for two years in their heavy 6–0 League Cup defeat to Peterborough United in August 2013 before making his league debut a month later at Derby County.[25][26][27] After securing his place in first team squad for the following games he expressed his desire to play in a central midfield role, a position he played in during his formative Academy years.[4] In November he scored his first goal for the club with the winner in a 3–2 victory away at Nottingham Forest and the following month signed a new contract until the summer of 2017.[28][29] In the second half of the season, the absence of Wayne Bridge through long term injury,[30] and the inability of Stephen Kelly and Shaun Cummings to cement their place in his stead,[31][32] saw Obita move to left-back for the game against Watford. He helped the team keep a clean sheet in a 1–0 win and provided the assist for Kaspars Gorkšs' early winner.[33] He retained his place for the next game, a 7–1 defeat of Bolton Wanderers, and from then on was a regular in the team, making 22 of his 36 appearances after his move to full-back.[34] He was praised by club captain Jobi McAnuff who described his adaptation to the left-back role as "fantastic",[35] and was voted as the club's Player of the Season for 2013–14 by the fans.[36]

International career[edit]

Obita has represented England at under-18 and under-19 level.[37]

In May 2014 he was called up by the England under-20s and under-21s for the Toulon Tournament and a game against Wales.[38] He was an unused substitute for the game against Wales but started the first game of the Toulon Tournament and scored the opener in a 3–0 win over Qatar.[39]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 3 May 2014.[40]
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Reading 2010–11 Championship 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
2011–12 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
2012–13 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013–14 Championship 34 1 1 0 1 0 36 1
Total 34 1 1 0 3 0 0 0 38 1
Barnet (loan) 2011–12 League Two 5 0 0 0 0 0 1[a] 0 6 0
Gillingham (loan) 2011–12 6 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 3
Portsmouth (loan) 2012–13 League One 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 1
Oldham Athletic (loan) 2012–13 8 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 10 1
Career total 60 5 3 1 3 0 1 0 69 6
  1. ^ Appearance in the Football League Trophy

Honours[edit]

Reading

References[edit]

  1. ^ "List of Players Registered as Scholars in Accordance with Rule C.3 Between 01/07/2010 and 31/07/2010" (PDF). The Football Association. July 2010. Retrieved 6 April 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Watts, Charles (14 October 2013). "Bold move pays off for Royals starlet Obita". Reading Post. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "Jordan Obita", The Royal: Reading v Doncaster Rovers (Reading F.C.), 19 October 2013 
  4. ^ a b "Obita urges Reading FC boss to play him down the middle". Reading Chronicle. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "Torquay 0–1 Reading (aet)". BBC Sport. 11 August 2010. Retrieved 12 August 2010. 
  6. ^ "Reading FC squad feel benefit of pre-season tour". Reading Post. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  7. ^ "Charlton Athletic 2–1 Reading". BBC Sport. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  8. ^ "Reading prospect Jordan Obita joins Barnet on loan". BBC Sport. Retrieved 27 January 2012. 
  9. ^ "Barnet 2–0 Crewe Alexandra". BBC Sport. Retrieved 28 January 2012. 
  10. ^ "Gills make Obita loan swoop". Sky Sports. 5 March 2012. Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  11. ^ "Gillingham 3–1 Barnet". BBC Sport. 6 March 2012. Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  12. ^ "Cheltenham 0–3 Gillingham". BBC Sport. 17 March 2012. Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  13. ^ "Hess: We've Given Them A Bit Of A Rest". Gillingham F.C. Archived from the original on 8 April 2012. Retrieved 6 April 2012. 
  14. ^ "Bigirimana is Kitbag.com Apprentice of the Year for the Championship". The Football League. 11 March 2012. Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  15. ^ "Obita joins Portsmouth on loan". Reading Chronicle. Retrieved 21 August 2012. 
  16. ^ "Obita happy with Pompey loan". Sky Sports. 22 August 2012. Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  17. ^ "Colchester United 2–2 Portsmouth". BBC Sport. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  18. ^ "Loan update". Reading F.C. Retrieved 19 September 2012. 
  19. ^ "Obita quits Pompey after family tragedy". Portsmouth News. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  20. ^ "Latics sign Obita". Oldham Athletic A.F.C. Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
  21. ^ "Oldham 2–2 Everton". BBC Sport. Retrieved 18 February 2013. 
  22. ^ "Obita set to stay". Oldham Athletic A.F.C. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  23. ^ "Obita extends stay". Oldham Athletic A.F.C. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  24. ^ "Obita back at Reading". Oldham Athletic A.F.C. Retrieved 2 April 2013. 
  25. ^ "Adkins shuffles pack for Peterborough clash". Reading F.C. Retrieved 28 August 2013. 
  26. ^ "Peterborough United 6–0 Reading". BBC Sport. Retrieved 28 August 2013. 
  27. ^ "Obita and Baird start". Reading F.C. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  28. ^ "Nigel Adkins delighted as Jordan Obita's first goal for Reading seals victory over Forest". Sky Sports. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  29. ^ "Obita puts pen to paper". Reading F.C. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  30. ^ "Bridge & Morro injury update". Reading F.C. Retrieved 11 May 2014. 
  31. ^ Smith, Anthony (16 November 2013). "Reading FC defender Kelly aims to Bridge the defensive gap". Reading Chronicle. Retrieved 11 May 2014. 
  32. ^ "Games played by Shaun Cummings in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 11 May 2014. 
  33. ^ "Watford 0–1 Reading". Reading F.C. Retrieved 11 May 2014. 
  34. ^ "Games played by Jordan Obita in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 11 May 2014. 
  35. ^ Watts, Charles (29 January 2014). "Reading FC skipper hails the 'scary' form of Jordan Obita". Reading Post. Retrieved 11 May 2014. 
  36. ^ a b "Obita wins Player of the Season". Reading F.C. Retrieved 4 May 2014. 
  37. ^ "Jordan Obita". The Football Association. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  38. ^ Watts, May (6 May 2014). "Reading FC star Jordan Obita to receive England call-up". Reading Post. Retrieved 11 May 2014. 
  39. ^ Veevers, Nicholas (22 May 2014). "England U21s breeze past Qatar to start Toulon in style". The Football Association. Retrieved 24 May 2014. 
  40. ^ "Jordan Obita career statistics". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 25 May 2013. 

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