Somen Tchoyi

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Somen Tchoyi
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Personal information
Full name Somen Alfred Tchoyi
Date of birth (1983-03-29) 29 March 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth Douala, Cameroon
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)[1]
Playing position Attacking Midfielder
Club information
Current club free agent
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2005 Union Douala 13 (2)
2005–2006 Odd Grenland 30 (1)
2006–2008 Stabæk 49 (8)
2008–2010 Red Bull Salzburg 68 (14)
2010–2012 West Bromwich Albion 41 (7)
2012-2013 FC Augsburg 4 (1)
National team
2008–2011 Cameroon 15 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 May 2012.
† Appearances (Goals).

Somen Alfred Tchoyi (born 29 March 1983 in Douala) is a Cameroonian footballer who last played for FC Augsburg.[2] Tchoyi has represented the Cameroon national football team. He is a playmaker who usually plays in the centre of midfield.

Club career[edit]

Odd Grenland & Stabæk IF[edit]

Tchoyi signed for Odd Grenland in time for the 2005–2006 season from Union Douala. After Odd purchased Tommy Svindal Larsen, he played less due to the two not mixing well on the field and due to restrictions on non-EU players in Norway. Subsequently, Tchoyi was sold to Stabæk during the 2006–2007 season for 3.000.000 NOK (approx. £330,000).

West Bromwich Albion[edit]

During the early summer of 2010, Tchoyi was reportedly the subject of interest from Premier League clubs, including Blackburn, Fulham and Wolverhampton Wanderers,[3] but on 20 August 2010, after some lengthy preparation work, including a successful appeal for a UK work permit, newly promoted West Bromwich Albion acquired the player's services for two years on an undisclosed fee.[4] He made his debut for the club when he came on as a substitute in a 1–0 defeat to Liverpool on 29 August 2010. He scored his first goal for the club against Manchester United at Old Trafford on 16 October 2010. He scored his second goal for the club in the 4–1 win over Leicester City in the English League Cup on 27 October 2010. He scored his third goal for West Bromwich Albion against Everton in a Premier League fixture on 27 November 2010, with a fourth the following weekend against Newcastle United. In a feat revered as 'Tchoyi Story 3' by Baggies fans (referencing the film Toy Story 3) he scored a hat-trick against Newcastle United at St. James' Park on the last day of the 2010–11 season, rescuing a point after being down 3–0 early into the second half.

He picked up his form by starting West Brom's first game of the 2011–12 campaign at home to Manchester United, linking up well with the club's new record signing Shane Long. Despite a battling performance to level the score at 1–1, United won the game 2–1. Tchoyi scored his last goal for the club away to Fulham F.C. to level the score at 1–1 late on in the game.

Somen made his last appearance for West Brom as a 78th-minute substitute against Manchester City. On 16 May 2012, Tchoyi was released by West Bromwich Albion along with team mates Nicky Shorey, Joe Mattock and Lateef Elford-Alliyu.

Tchoyi trained with Birmingham City for a time after his release. In October 2012 Somen had a trial at Wolverhampton Wanderers. He is now with Penang FA for trial. In December 2013 the Singaporean press reported that Semen Padang FC are lining up a bid for Somen Tchoyi, although no official word has been received from the player or his representative.

International career[edit]

Tchoyi made his debut for the national team of Cameroon in 2008 in the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification against Cape Verde, scoring a goal on his debut.

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