David Raya

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David Raya
David Raya, Blackburn Rovers goalkeeper.jpg
Raya warming up for Blackburn Rovers
Personal information
Full name David Raya Martín[1]
Date of birth (1995-09-15) 15 September 1995 (age 25)[2]
Place of birth Barcelona, Spain
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)[3]
Playing position(s) Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Brentford
Number 1
Youth career
0000–2012 UE Cornellà
2012–2014 Blackburn Rovers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014–2019 Blackburn Rovers 98 (0)
2014–2015Southport (loan) 16 (0)
2019– Brentford 46 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:27, 19 September 2020 (UTC)

David Raya Martín (born 15 September 1995) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for English club Brentford. He began his senior career with Blackburn Rovers and transferred to Brentford in 2019.

Club career[edit]

Blackburn Rovers[edit]

A goalkeeper, Raya began his career in his native Spain with UE Cornellà, before moving to England to join Blackburn Rovers on a scholarship in July 2012.[4][2] He progressed through the club's academy and signed a professional contract on 26 February 2014.[5] Raya gained his first senior experience with a four-month spell on loan at Conference Premier club Southport during the first half of the 2014–15 season and made 24 appearances.[6] After his return to Ewood Park, he made two late-season Championship appearances and signed a new three-year contract in April 2015.[7][8]

Despite making just 13 appearances during the 2015–16 and 2016–17 seasons,[9][10] Raya was Rovers' second-choice goalkeeper behind Jason Steele and was a frequent member of the matchday squad.[2][11][12] Rovers' relegation to League One at the end of the 2016–17 season saw Raya take over as the club's first-choice goalkeeper.[13][14] He made 47 appearances during the 2017–18 season and helped the club to automatic promotion straight back to the Championship.[13][15] He retained in his place during 2018–19 and made 46 appearances during a season of consolidation in the Championship.[13][16] Raya departed Rovers in July 2019,[6] after making 108 appearances for the club.[17]

Brentford[edit]

On 6 July 2019, Raya transferred to Championship club Brentford on a four-year contract for an undisclosed fee,[6] reported to be in the region of £3 million.[18] Raya's performances during the first half of the 2019–20 season earned him a nomination for Goalkeeper of the Year at the 2020 London Football Awards and his 16 clean sheets in league matches during the season saw him share the EFL Golden Glove award with Bartosz Białkowski.[19][20]

Personal life[edit]

Raya is a Real Madrid supporter.[21]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 19 September 2020
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Blackburn Rovers 2014–15[8] Championship 2 0 0 0 2 0
2015–16[9] Championship 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
2016–17[10] Championship 5 0 1 0 2 0 8 0
2017–18[15] League One 45 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 47 0
2018–19[16] Championship 41 0 2 0 3 0 46 0
Total 98 0 3 0 7 0 0 0 108 0
Blackburn Rovers U23 2016–17[10] 3[a] 0 3 0
Southport (loan) 2014–15[22] Conference Premier 16 0 6 0 2[b] 0 24 0
Brentford 2019–20[23] Championship 46 0 0 0 0 0 3[c] 0 49 0
2020–21[24] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 46 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 49 0
Career total 160 0 9 0 7 0 8 0 184 0
  1. ^ Appearances in EFL Trophy
  2. ^ Appearances in FA Trophy
  3. ^ Appearances in Championship play-offs

Honours[edit]

Blackburn Rovers

Individual

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Notification of shirt numbers: Brentford" (PDF). English Football League. p. 12. Retrieved 19 September 2020.
  2. ^ a b c "David Raya". Blackburn Rovers F.C. Archived from the original on 7 July 2019. Retrieved 7 July 2019.
  3. ^ "David Raya Martin – Goalkeeper – First Team – Brentford FC". www.brentfordfc.com. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  4. ^ "List of Players Registered as Scholars in Accordance with Rule C.3 Between 01/07/2012 and 31/07/2012". The Football Association. p. 49. Retrieved 7 July 2019.
  5. ^ "Raya pens pro deal". Blackburn Rovers F.C. 26 February 2014. Retrieved 25 April 2015.
  6. ^ a b c "David Raya signs for Brentford". Brentford F.C. Retrieved 7 July 2019.
  7. ^ "Hard work pays off for David". Blackburn Rovers F.C. Retrieved 7 July 2019.
  8. ^ a b "Games played by David Raya in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 7 July 2019.
  9. ^ a b "Games played by David Raya in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 7 July 2019.
  10. ^ a b c "Games played by David Raya in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 7 July 2019.
  11. ^ "David Raya". ESPN FC. Retrieved 7 July 2019.
  12. ^ "David Raya". ESPN FC. Retrieved 7 July 2019.
  13. ^ a b c Blackburn Rovers F.C. at the Football Club History Database
  14. ^ "David Raya pens long-term Rovers deal". Blackburn Rovers F.C. Retrieved 7 July 2019.
  15. ^ a b "Games played by David Raya in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 7 July 2019.
  16. ^ a b "Games played by David Raya in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 7 July 2019.
  17. ^ David Raya at Soccerbase Edit this at Wikidata
  18. ^ "Blackburn Rovers goalkeeper David Raya completes Brentford move". Lancashire Telegraph. Blackburn. Retrieved 7 July 2019.
  19. ^ "Bees up for London Football Awards prizes". www.brentfordfc.com. Retrieved 9 February 2020.
  20. ^ a b "David Raya presented with EFL Golden Glove prize". www.brentfordfc.com. Retrieved 28 July 2020.
  21. ^ "Get to Know: David Raya". Brentford F.C. Retrieved 7 July 2019.
  22. ^ David Raya at Soccerway. Retrieved 7 July 2019.
  23. ^ "Games played by David Raya in 2019/2020". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 7 July 2019.
  24. ^ "Games played by David Raya in 2020/2021". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 19 September 2020.
  25. ^ Anderson, John, ed. (2018). Football Yearbook 2018–2019. London: Headline Publishing Group. pp. 54–55. ISBN 978-1-4722-6106-9.

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