Easah Suliman

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Easah Suliman
Personal information
Full name Easah Zaheer Suliman[1]
Date of birth (1998-01-26) 26 January 1998 (age 21)
Place of birth Birmingham, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)[2]
Playing position Centre-back
Club information
Current team
Aston Villa
Youth career
2012–2015 Aston Villa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2015– Aston Villa 0 (0)
2016–2017Cheltenham Town (loan) 9 (0)
2018Grimsby Town (loan) 2 (0)
2018FC Emmen (loan) 3 (0)
National team
2012–2014 England U16 5 (0)
2013–2015 England U17 16 (0)
2015–2016 England U18 5 (0)
2016–2017 England U19 10 (1)
2017–2018 England U20 10 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12:51, 15 May 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20:01, 27 March 2018 (UTC)

Easah Zaheer Suliman (born 26 January 1998) is an English professional footballer who plays as a centre-back for Premier League club Aston Villa.

Suliman has represented England at youth level and is the first player of Asian heritage to captain an England football side, having done so at Under-16, Under-17 and Under-19 levels. Suliman played every game at centre back in the England Under-19s victorious UEFA European Under-19 Championship campaign in July 2017, scoring the opening goal in England's 2–1 win over Portugal. Suliman has played on loan at English Football League sides Cheltenham Town and Grimsby Town as well as Eredivisie side FC Emmen.

Club career[edit]

Aston Villa[edit]

Having joined the Aston VIlla academy at a young age, Suliman was called up to train with the first-team squad by Rémi Garde during the 2015–16 season, and was named as a substitute for a match in the League Cup against Notts County on 25 August 2015.[3] Suliman made his first team debut under manager Steve Bruce, featuring as a late substitute in a 4–1 League Cup victory over Wigan Athletic on 22 August 2017.[4]

Cheltenham Town loan[edit]

On 4 August 2016, Suliman joined Cheltenham Town on loan until 2 January 2017.[5] He made his Cheltenham debut on 6 August 2016 in a 1–1 home draw against Leyton Orient.[6] Three days later he played the full 90 minutes in a 1–0 League Cup win against League One side Charlton Athletic.[7]

Grimsby Town loan[edit]

On 31 January 2018, Suliman joined League Two side Grimsby Town until the end of the 2017–18 season.[8] He made his league debut in a 1-1 draw with Port Vale on 10 March 2018.[9]

FC Emmen loan[edit]

On 17 August 2018, Suliman joined Dutch Eredivisie side FC Emmen on a season-long loan deal.[10] On the 28th December 2018, Suliman was recalled from his loan spell at Emmen due to him playing only 9 minutes in his 4 month spell there. The Villa staff and Emmen manager came to an agreement that the loan was 'no longer useful'.[11]

International career[edit]

Suliman has represented England at U16, U17, U18, U19 and U20 levels[12] and was the first British Asian to captain an England side at any level.[13] Suliman captained England Under-16s at the 2014 Montaigu Tournament with the side finishing third overall.[14] Suliman has also captained England at under-17 level against the Faroe Islands.[15]

Suliman was promoted to the England Under-19 side in August 2016 and played the full match in a 1–1 friendly against the Netherlands Under-19 side. A penalty shoot-out was held following the match with Suliman scoring the winning penalty.[16] Tom Davies of Everton started the game as captain but passed the armband to Suliman after he was substituted in the 61st minute.[16][17]

Suliman started every game at centre back in England Under-19's victorious 2017 UEFA European Under-19 Championship campaign in July 2017.[18] He scored the opening goal in the final, a header following a rebound off the opposition goalkeeper, in England's 2–1 win over Portugal in Georgia's Tengiz Burjanadze Stadium.

Personal life[edit]

Suliman has discussed his British Pakistani heritage and being a Muslim professional footballer in interviews.[19] He has spoken of his family's friendship with England cricketer Moeen Ali and how he encouraged him to keep going to secure a professional contract.[19]

Career statistics[edit]

As of matches played 15 May 2019.
Club performance League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2016–17 Aston Villa Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016–17 Cheltenham Town (loan) League Two 9 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 12 0
2017–18 Aston Villa Championship 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
2017–18 Grimsby Town (loan) League Two 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2018–19 FC Emmen (loan) Eredivisie 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Career total 14 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 18 0

Honours[edit]

England U19

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Club list of registered players: As at 19th May 2018: Aston Villa" (PDF). English Football League. p. 2. Retrieved 16 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Easah Suliman: Overview". Premier League. Retrieved 17 August 2019.
  3. ^ https://www.avfc.co.uk/players/e/s/easah-suliman
  4. ^ "Aston Villa 4–1 Wigan Athletic". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 23 August 2017.
  5. ^ "Loan News: Suliman joins Cheltenham Town". Aston Villa F.C. 4 August 2016. Retrieved 4 August 2016.
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ "Cheltenham Town 1–0 Charlton Athletic". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  8. ^ Findlater, James (31 January 2018). "Aston Villa defender Easah Suliman becomes second transfer deadline day signing for Grimsby Town". Grimsby Telegraph. Retrieved 31 January 2018.
  9. ^ "Grimsby Town 1-1 Port Vale". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  10. ^ "Welkom Easah Suliman!" (in Dutch). FC Emmen. 17 August 2018. Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  11. ^ https://www.hitc.com/en-gb/2018/12/28/report-aston-villa-defender-easah-suliman-to-return-from-loan/. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  12. ^ "Profile". The Football Association. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  13. ^ "Aston Villa's Easah Suliman hopes to set standard for England's Asian footballers, Ed Aarons". The Guardian. Retrieved 4 August 2016.
  14. ^ "England U16s hot from the spot to see off France in Montaigu". The FA. Retrieved 5 August 2016.
  15. ^ "Bayern Munich keen on 16-year-old Aston Villa defender Easah Suliman". Daily Mail. 2014-04-17. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  16. ^ a b "England U19s held to draw by Dutch but seal shoot-out win". The FA. Retrieved 2 September 2016.
  17. ^ "England U19 1–1 Holland U19 (9–8 pens): Young Lions prevail in shoot-out after Everton's Tom Davies scores in Telford friendly". Daily Mail. September 2016. Retrieved 2 September 2016.
  18. ^ "Under-19 2017: Portugal-England". UEFA. Retrieved 28 July 2017.
  19. ^ a b "Moeen Ali told me to show we can achieve our dreams". The FA. Retrieved 5 August 2016.
  20. ^ "European Under-19 Championship: England beat Portugal in final". BBC Sport. 2017-07-15.

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