Zeli Ismail

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Zeli Ismail
Personal information
Full name Zeli Ismail[1]
Date of birth (1993-12-12) 12 December 1993 (age 20)
Place of birth Kukës, Albania
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Notts County
(on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers)
Youth career
2004–2012 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012– Wolverhampton Wanderers 9 (0)
2012–2013 Milton Keynes Dons (loan) 7 (0)
2014 Burton Albion (loan) 15 (3)
2014– Notts County (loan) 0 (0)
National team
2008 England U16 3 (0)
2009 England U17 3 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12:23, 27 May 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Zeli Ismail (born 12 December 1993) is an Albanian-born English footballer who plays as a right midfielder and has represented England at both under-16 and under-17 level. He is currently on loan at Notts County from Wolverhampton Wanderers

Career[edit]

Ismail is a product of Wolverhampton Wanderers' academy, who joined aged ten. In 2008 his former academy manager said he could "see enormous money being spent on Zeli."[2]

The midfielder signed his first professional contract in 2010,[3] and made his senior debut on 25 September 2012 as a substitute in a 0–6 defeat at Chelsea in the League Cup under Ståle Solbakken.[4]

On 22 November 2012 he joined League One side Milton Keynes Dons on loan until 2 January 2013.[5] Here, he made his league debut on 24 November 2012 as a substitute in a 5–1 win over Colchester.[6] Upon the end of his initial loan period he was immediately re-loaned for the remainder of the campaign,[7] but this was ended after a month as Ismail failed to establish himself in their first team.[8]

Following Wolves' relegation to League One at the end of the 2012–13 campaign, Ismail was cited by new manager Kenny Jackett as being part of his plans for the first team.[9] He made his first league appearance for Wolves on 10 August 2013 when he started a 4–0 win against Gillingham, in what was the first of nine league appearances.[10]

Despite these games, Ismail did not hold down a regular place in the Wolves' team and, after not gaining any playing time at all during December 2013, he was loaned to League Two club Burton Albion on 8 January 2014 in a one-month loan deal.[11] He scored his first senior goal on 8 February 2014 to earn a 1–0 victory at Morecambe.[12] His loan stay was subsequently extended until the end of the season, allowing Ismail to play in the League Two Play-off Final for the Brewers, where they lost 0–1 to Fleetwood.

He is contracted to Wolves until summer 2015.[13]

On 18 July 2014, Ismail signed for Notts County on a six-month loan.[14]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 27 May 2014[15]
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2012–13 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
2013–14 9 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 11 0
MK Dons (loan; 2 spells) 2012–13 7 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
Burton Albion (loan) 2013–14 15 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 16 3
Career total 31 3 3 0 2 0 1 0 37 3

References[edit]

  1. ^ "List of Players under Written Contract Registered Between 01/02/2014 and 28/02/2014" (PDF). The Football Association. p. 12. Retrieved 6 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "Wolves £100m wonder kid". News of the World. 12 October 2008. Archived from the original on 4 February 2009. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "Wolves sign up Zeli Ismail and Liam McAlinden". Express & Star. 15 December 2010. 
  4. ^ "Chelsea 6–0 Wolves". BBC Sport. 25 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "Zeli Ismail joins MK Dons from Wolves on loan". BBC Sport. 23 November 2012. 
  6. ^ "MK Dons 5–1 Colchester". BBC Sport. 24 November 2012. 
  7. ^ "MK Dons re-sign Zeli Ismail from Wolves". BBC Sport. 4 January 2013. 
  8. ^ "Ismail returns to Wolves". Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. 8 February 2013. 
  9. ^ "The Potential of Youth". Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. 26 June 2013. 
  10. ^ "Wolves 4–0 Gillingham". BBC Sport. 10 August 2013. 
  11. ^ "Zeli Ismail joins Burton from Wolves". BBC Sport. 8 January 2014. 
  12. ^ "Morecambe 0–1 Burton". BBC Sport. 8 February 2014. 
  13. ^ "Ismail and Flatt sign new deals". Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. 1 November 2012. 
  14. ^ "Ismail In Loan Move". http://www.wolves.co.uk/. Wolverhampton Wanderers FC. Archived from the original on 19 July 2014. Retrieved 19 July 2014. 
  15. ^ Zeli Ismail career stats at Soccerbase

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