Samir Carruthers

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Samir Carruthers
Personal information
Full name Samir Badre Carruthers[1]
Date of birth (1993-04-04) 4 April 1993 (age 21)
Place of birth Islington, England
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)[2]
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Milton Keynes Dons
Number -
Youth career
Cambridge United
2005–2009 Arsenal
2009–2012 Aston Villa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2014 Aston Villa 3 (0)
2013–2014 Milton Keynes Dons (loan) 23 (2)
2014- Milton Keynes Dons 0 (0)
National team
2011–2012 Republic of Ireland U19 8 (1)
2012– Republic of Ireland U21 10 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 01:07 on 13 November 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 August 2013

Samir Badre Carruthers (born 4 April 1993) is a footballer who plays as a winger for Milton Keynes Dons, and is a Republic of Ireland under-21 international.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Brent, London, Carruthers was playing football local to his hometown of Hatfield, Hertfordshire when he was signed by Cambridge United's under-10 side.[3] He trained frequently with Manchester United, but when Cambridge United abandoned their youth team set-up he signed for Arsenal, the team he supported as a child.[3] He went on to represent Arsenal at under-18 level and captained the club's under-16 side. However, in 2009 Carruthers rejected offers from Fulham and Arsenal in favour of a move to Aston Villa.[3]

Aston Villa[edit]

Carruthers signed for Aston Villa in June 2009, aged 16. He made his name playing for the club's reserve and academy sides as an attacking midfielder and winger. Following a number of injuries to Alex McLeish's first team squad in the latter stages of the 2011–12 season, the young midfielder was brought in to train with the first team on a number of occasions.

Carruthers made his first-team debut as late substitute in Villa's 1–1 Premier League draw at Liverpool on 7 April 2012.[4]

On 1 April 2013, Carruthers captained Aston Villa's youth squad to the final of the NextGen Series where they beat Chelsea 2–0, at the Stadio Giuseppe Sinigaglia, in Como, Italy.[5]

Loan to Milton Keynes Dons[edit]

Carruthers was sent out on loan to League One side Milton Keynes Dons on 10 August 2013 on a youth loan until 4 January 2014.[6] He made his debut against Preston North End on 17 August. Coming on as a substitute in the 56th minute, Carruthers won a penalty, which was in turn converted by Shaun Williams, leveling the score at 2–2.[7] A week later Carruthers scored within 15 minutes of coming on as a substitute against Bristol City, hitting a left footed effort into the top corner to earn another 2–2 draw.[8] On 8 January 2014 it was announced that he had extended his loan spell at Milton Keynes Dons until April.

Milton Keynes Dons[edit]

On 6 August 2014 it was announced that Carruthers had signed for League One side Milton Keynes Dons on a 3 year deal for an undisclosed fee.

International career[edit]

Carruthers is of Irish, Italian and Moroccan descent and is eligible to play for Italy, Morocco, England and the Republic of Ireland, the country of his grandparents.[3][9][10] In 2011 he made his debut for the Republic of Ireland U19 team. On 10 September 2012 Carruthers made his debut for the Republic of Ireland U21 team away to Italy.

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 18 February 2014[11]
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Aston Villa 2011–12 Premier League 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
2012–13 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013–14 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Milton Keynes Dons (loan) 2013–14 League One 23 2 3 0 1 0 1 0 28 2
Career total 26 2 3 0 1 0 1 0 31 2
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the Football League Trophy.

Honours[edit]

Aston Villa

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Premier League Clubs submit Squad Lists" (PDF). Premier League. 4 September 2012. p. 15. Retrieved 29 July 2013. 
  2. ^ Rollin, Glenda; Rollin, Jack, eds. (2012). Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2012–2013 (43rd ed.). London: Headline. p. 423. ISBN 978-0-7553-6356-8. 
  3. ^ a b c d Gold, Alasdair (6 July 2009). "Samir turns down Arsenal but signs for Aston Villa instead". www.hertfordshiremercury.co.uk. Retrieved 8 April 2012. 
  4. ^ "Liverpool vs Aston Villa". BBC News. 7 April 2012. 
  5. ^ http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2302225/Chelsea-v-Aston-Villa--NextGen-final-LIVE.html
  6. ^ "Villa starlet completes loan switch". Milton Keynes Dons FC. 10 August 2013. Retrieved 10 August 2013. 
  7. ^ "Preston 2-2 MK Dons". BBC Sport. 18 August 2013. Retrieved 18 August 2013. 
  8. ^ "MK Dons 2–2 Bristol City". BBC Sport. 24 August 2013. Retrieved 26 August 2013. 
  9. ^ "Irish u19 squad profiles". www.fai.ie. Retrieved 8 April 2012. 
  10. ^ Fitzmaurice, Aiden (2 April 2012). "Villa's green teens step up". www.herald.ie. Retrieved 8 April 2012. 
  11. ^ "Samir Carruthers". Soccerbase. Retrieved 28 May 2014. 

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