Conor Chaplin

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Conor Chaplin
Personal information
Full name Conor Chaplin
Date of birth (1997-02-16) 16 February 1997 (age 21)
Place of birth Worthing, West Sussex, England[1]
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)[2]
Playing position Second striker
Club information
Current team
Coventry City
Number 10
Youth career
2003–2014 Portsmouth
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014–2019 Portsmouth 104 (22)
2018Coventry City (loan) 20 (5)
2019– Coventry City 4 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:39, 27 January 2019 (UTC)

Conor Charlie Mark Chaplin (born 16 February 1997) is an English professional footballer who plays for Coventry City of EFL League One as a striker or winger.

Club career[edit]

Portsmouth[edit]

Born in Worthing, Chaplin progressed through Portsmouth's youth categories after joining the club at the age of six.[3] He was offered a two-year scholarship contract on 3 July 2013.[1]

Chaplin signed a two-year professional deal with Pompey on 20 October 2014, after scoring 11 goals in 11 appearances for the under-18's.[4] He made his League Two debut on 13 December, from the bench in a 2–3 home defeat against Accrington Stanley.[5]

Chaplin scored his first professional goal on 11 April 2015, netting his team's only in a 1–3 away defeat against Morecambe.[6] He made his first start for Pompey in their final game of the season, a 1–1 home draw against York City.[7]

At the end of the season he was named the League Two Apprentice of the Year.[8]

2015–16 season[edit]

Chaplin started the 2015–16 season on the bench, playing second fiddle to first-choice striker Matt Tubbs, but showcased his talents with goals against Championship clubs Derby and Reading in the first and second rounds of the Football League Cup,[9][10] also scoring in the 3rd round of the FA Cup in a 2–2 draw with Ipswich Town. He scored his first two league goals of the season in a 3–1 win over Barnet on 12 September.[11]

Although Chaplin struggled to maintain a first-team place in the league, he would still manage to score 11 goals in 38 appearances in all competitions.[citation needed]

2016–17 season[edit]

Competition for the sole striking berth in manager Paul Cook's preferred 4–2–3–1 formation was made all the more intense at the start of the 2016/17 season, following the signings of Michael Smith, who made his loan move permanent, as well as Curtis Main from Doncaster Rovers and experienced forward Noel Hunt.[citation needed]

Chaplin subsequently found himself on the bench in the early weeks of the season, before the inconsistent form of Smith and Main, coupled with Hunt's injury problems, saw Chaplin promoted to the starting lineup. He grasped the opportunity, scoring league goals against Wycombe, Barnet, Blackpool, Notts County and Cambridge before the end of October[12] – a run of form which would see him established as Portsmouth's first-choice striker.[citation needed]

As the season continued, Cook would rotate his centre-forwards, and Chaplin lost his place to the more physically-imposing Smith. Though Smith would ultimately fall out of favour and move to Northampton Town in the January transfer window, the signing of Eoin Doyle – who had previously played under Cook at Chesterfield – ensured that Chaplin would remain on the bench. Chaplin continued to make cameo appearances as a substitute, however, and took his tally to eight for the season with a last-gasp, 25 yard strike against Barnet to snatch a point in a 1–1 draw on 18 February.[13]

Coventry City[edit]

At the end of August 2018, Chaplin joined Coventry City on loan with a permanent agreement in place for the following January. Chaplin scored his first goal for the club from the penalty spot in a 2-1 away victory against Oxford United. [14]

On the 19th January, Chaplin scored the opener in a 2-1 away defeat to Plymouth Argyle F.C.[citation needed]

Career Statistics

As of match played 26 January 2019[15]
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Portsmouth
2014–15 League Two 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 1
2015–16 30 8 4 1 2 2 2 0 38 11
2016–17 39 8 1 0 1 0 1 0 42 8
2017–18 League One 26 5 1 0 1 0 4 0 32 5
2018–19 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Coventry City (loan)
2018–19 League One 20 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 21 5
Coventry City
2018–19 League One 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 2
Career total 128 29 7 1 5 2 7 0 147 32

Honours[edit]

Individual[edit]

Portsmouth[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Six Sign Apprenticeships". Portsmouth FC. 3 July 2013. Retrieved 26 December 2014.
  2. ^ "Pompey boss wants patience over Chaplin". Portsmouth News. 30 October 2014. Retrieved 26 December 2014.
  3. ^ "Chaplin: What A Feeling". Portsmouth FC. Retrieved 11 April 2015.
  4. ^ "Professional contract for Chaplin". Portsmouth FC. 13 December 2014. Retrieved 13 December 2014.
  5. ^ "Portsmouth 2–3 Accrington". BBC Sport. 13 December 2014.
  6. ^ "Morecambe 3–1 Portsmouth". BBC Sport. 11 April 2015. Retrieved 11 April 2015.
  7. ^ "Chaplin's pride". Portsmouth FC. 3 May 2015. Retrieved 30 May 2015.
  8. ^ League, The Football. "Portsmouth's Conor Chaplin named LFE Apprentice of the Year for League 2". efl.com. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
  9. ^ "Portsmouth 2–1 Derby – Guardian Match Report".
  10. ^ "Portsmouth 1–2 Reading – BBC Match Report". Retrieved 16 December 2017.
  11. ^ "Portsmouth 3–1 Barnet". BBC. Retrieved 12 September 2015.
  12. ^ "BBC Sport – Football – Portsmouth Results". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
  13. ^ "Barnet 1–1 Portsmouth". BBC Sport. 18 February 2017. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
  14. ^ "TRANSFER: Coventry City complete loan signing of Conor Chaplin". Retrieved 2018-08-30.
  15. ^ Conor Chaplin at Soccerway
  16. ^ "Winners announced for The Football League Awards 2015". The Football League. Retrieved 19 April 2015.

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