Leandro Bacuna

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Leandro Bacuna
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Bacuna playing for Aston Villa in 2013
Personal information
Full name Leandro Jones Johan Bacuna[1]
Date of birth (1991-08-21) 21 August 1991 (age 22)
Place of birth Groningen, Netherlands
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)
Playing position Winger / Right back
Club information
Current team
Aston Villa
Number 7
Youth career
FC Groningen
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2013 FC Groningen 109 (14)
2013– Aston Villa 26 (5)
National team
2007–2008 Netherlands Antilles U20 5 (3)
2009–2010 Netherlands U19 10 (1)
2011–2013 Netherlands U21 10 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:15, 2 March 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Leandro Jones Johan Bacuna (born 21 August 1991) is a Dutch Antillean professional footballer who plays as a winger and right back for English club Aston Villa. Bacuna has been capped 20 times at youth levels for the Netherlands national team and also represented the Netherlands Antilles at youth level.

Career[edit]

FC Groningen[edit]

On 30 October 2009 Bacuna made his first team debut for FC Groningen in the Eredivisie, in the match against PSV Eindhoven.[2] Bacuna has also played for FC Groningen's youth teams. On 6 November 2009, Bacuna scored his first goal in the first team, in the league match against Heracles Almelo. FC Groningen won the match with 4–1.[3]

Aston Villa[edit]

It was announced on 13 June 2013 that Bacuna had signed a three-year contract at Premier League club Aston Villa.[4][5] On 27 July 2013, Bacuna scored his first goal for Villa in a friendly match against Crewe Alexandra, a powerful shot from 25-yards, the match finished 5–1 to Villa. On 21 September Bacuna impressed, deputising at right back for Matthew Lowton against Norwich City and was praised for his role of successfully closing down Nathan Redmond and not allowing him to cause danger to the defence. He scored his first Premier League goal for Aston Villa on 28 September at home to Manchester City, an unstoppable free kick in the 73rd minute and Villa's second goal in a 3–2 victory. He also had a part to play in the first goal assisting Karim El Ahmadi. His second goal came from another stunning free kick in the claret and blues' 2–0 victory over Cardiff City.He continued his goalscoring run with goals against West Brom, Everton and Norwich. During the 2013–14 season, Bacuna was considered one of Villa's better performing players.

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 2 March 2014[6][7]
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
FC Groningen 2009–10 Eredivisie 20 2 2 1 0 0 2 0 24 3
2010–11 Eredivisie 24 0 3 0 0 0 4 2 31 2
2011–12 Eredivisie 32 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 33 7
2012–13 Eredivisie 33 5 3 0 0 0 2 0 38 5
Total 109 14 9 1 0 0 7 2 125 17
Aston Villa 2013–14 Premier League 26 5 1 0 2 0 0 0 29 5
Total 26 5 1 0 2 0 0 0 29 5
Career total 135 19 10 1 2 0 7 2 154 22
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the Eredivisie play-offs.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Barclays Premier League Squad Numbers 2013/14". Premier League. 16 August 2013. Retrieved 16 August 2013. 
  2. ^ Voetbal International – Bacuna
  3. ^ Holland, Æresdivisionen – Politiken.dk
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ Bacuna tipped to be "a real asset" after sealing Villa transfer
  6. ^ "Leandro Bacuna". Soccerway. Retrieved 17 February 2014. 
  7. ^ "Leandro Bacuna". Soccerbase. Retrieved 17 February 2014. 

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