Mustapha Carayol

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Mustapha Carayol
Personal information
Full name Mustapha Soon Carayol[1]
Date of birth (1988-09-04) 4 September 1988 (age 26)[2]
Place of birth Banjul, Gambia
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)[1]
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Middlesbrough
Number 19
Youth career
Swindon Town
Macclesfield Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2008 Milton Keynes Dons 0 (0)
2007–2008 Crawley Town (loan) 25 (2)
2008–2010 Torquay United 50 (6)
2009 Kettering Town (loan) 5 (0)
2010–2011 Lincoln City 33 (3)
2011–2012 Bristol Rovers 30 (4)
2012– Middlesbrough 50 (11)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:28, 10 August 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Mustapha Soon Carayol (born 4 September 1988) is a Gambian footballer who plays for Middlesbrough as a winger.

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Banjul,[1] Carayol began his career as a youth player with Swindon Town and when Paul Ince moved from Swindon to become manager of Macclesfield Town in 2006 he took Carayol with him as a trainee. At the time he was quoted as saying "I'm happy to clean the whole first team's boots all season for this opportunity".[3]

Milton Keynes Dons[edit]

When Ince became manager of Milton Keynes Dons in 2007, he signed Carayol again,[4] offering him his first professional contract.[5] He made his first team debut for MK Dons against Sheffield United in the League Cup in August 2007 and went on to appear in one further cup game.[6]

In October 2007 he joined Crawley Town on loan to gain further first team experience.[7]

Torquay United[edit]

On 13 July 2008, he was signed by Torquay United.[8] On 17 September 2009 he joined Kettering Town on a three-month emergency loan deal.[9]

Lincoln City[edit]

Carayol turned down a new contract at Torquay at the end of the 2009–10 season. In May 2010 it was announced that Lincoln City had agreed terms with the player although a fee would have to be set to determine how much compensation Lincoln City must pay Torquay due to Carayol being under the age of 24.[10] In August it was announced that a deal had been struck between the two clubs with Lincoln paying £35,000 over staged payments plus other clauses.[11]

In May 2011 he was made available for transfer by the club after a mass clear out of players following relegation from the Football League.[12]

Bristol Rovers[edit]

On 17 June 2011, Bristol Rovers signed Carayol for an undisclosed fee, on a two-year deal. His performances in League 2 attracted the attention of Championship club Barnsley who had a bid turned down for him in January. In May 2012, Bristol Rovers confirmed they had turned down a 6 figure bid from an unnamed Championship club for Carayol and had opened talks with him about extending his contract.

Middlesbrough[edit]

Carayol signed for Middlesbrough on a three-year deal on 1 August 2012, for an undisclosed fee, making his debut in a 2–1 win at Bury. After missing the start of Middlesbrough's league campaign, Carayol returned in the second round of the League Cup against Gillingham on 28 August 2012, in which he scored his first goal for the club. He scored his first league goal for Middlesbrough on 15 September 2012, against Ipswich Town on his home debut, scoring in stoppage time in a 2–0 victory. On 16 April, Carayol scored in a 1–0 home win over Nottingham Forest. Since joining Middlesbrough Carayol has become affectionately known as Muzzy.

On 31 August 2013, Carayol scored in a 1–1 home draw with Sheffield Wednesday.

Career statistics[edit]

[13]

As of 17 March 2012
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Milton Keynes Dons 2007–08 League Two 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 0
Crawley Town (loan) 2007–08 Conference 25 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 26 2
Milton Keynes Dons Total 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 0
Torquay United 2008–09 Conference 30 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 33 0
2009–10 League Two 20 6 0 0 1 0 0 0 21 6
Kettering Town (loan) 2009–10 Conference 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Torquay United Total 50 6 3 0 1 0 0 0 54 6
Lincoln City 2010–11 League Two 33 3 3 1 1 0 0 0 37 4
Total 33 3 3 1 1 0 0 0 37 4
Bristol Rovers 2011–12 League Two 30 4 3 2 2 0 0 0 35 6
Total 30 4 3 2 2 0 0 0 35 6
Middlesbrough 2012–13 Championship 3 1 0 0 2 1 0 0 5 2
Total 10 8 0 09 2 1 0 0 5 2
Career totals 153 17 9 3 7 1 2 0 164 20
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals (including substitutes) in the Football League Trophy and the Conference League Cup.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2010). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2010–11. Mainstream Publishing. p. 75. ISBN 9781845966010. 
  2. ^ "Mustapha Carayol". Middlesbrough F.C. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "Mustapha gets his hunger back". Herald Express. 22 April 2010. Retrieved 2 July 2010. 
  4. ^ Milton Keynes sign Swindon winger BBC Sport; 4 August 2007; Accessed 27 December 2007
  5. ^ Mustapha Carayol MK Dons Official Website; Accessed 27 December 2007
  6. ^ Mustapha Smiht Stats Soccerbase.com; Accessed 27 December 2007
  7. ^ Dream start for Crawley striker Gurney, Tom; The Argus; 23 October 2007; Accessed 27 December 2007
  8. ^ "Carayol Joins Gulls". Torquay United F.C. 13 July 2008. Retrieved 13 July 2008. 
  9. ^ "Mustapha Makes A Move". Torquay United F.C. 17 September 2009. Retrieved 21 May 2010. 
  10. ^ "Imps Mustapha Pay For Torquay Winger". The Forgotten Imp. 20 May 2010. Retrieved 20 May 2010. 
  11. ^ "Lincoln City agree Mustapha Carayol fee with Torquay". BBC Sport. 17 August 2010. Retrieved 17 August 2010. 
  12. ^ "Steve Tilson clears out Lincoln City squad". BBC Sport. 11 May 2011. Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  13. ^ "Mustapha Carayol Stats". Soccerbase. 

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