Hamza Choudhury

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Hamza Choudhury
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Choudhury (right) with Leicester City in 2019
Personal information
Full name Hamza Dewan Choudhury[1]
Date of birth (1997-10-01) 1 October 1997 (age 23)
Place of birth Loughborough, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[2]
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Leicester City
Number 20
Youth career
2011–2015 Leicester City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2015– Leicester City 45 (1)
2016Burton Albion (loan) 13 (0)
2016–2017Burton Albion (loan) 13 (0)
National team
2018–2019 England U21 7 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:34, 3 March 2021
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15:15, 19 June 2019 (UTC)

Hamza Dewan Choudhury (born 1 October 1997) is an English professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Premier League club Leicester City.

Club career[edit]

Leicester City[edit]

Choudhury began his career at the Leicester City Academy, and at the age of 16 was reportedly monitored by a number of top European clubs.[3] He joined League One leaders Burton Albion on a one-month loan deal on 27 February 2016.[4] He made his debut in the Football League later that same day, coming on as a 77th-minute substitute for Tom Naylor in a 0–0 draw with Walsall at the Pirelli Stadium.[5] On 6 August 2016, Choudhury signed another loan deal with Burton Albion for the 2016–17 season.[6] On the same day, Choudhury featured in Burton Albion's first ever Football League Championship game, claiming an assist in a 4–3 defeat against Nottingham Forest.[7]

On 19 September 2017, Choudhury debuted for Leicester City coming on as substitute in the 82nd minute of an EFL Cup 3rd round home win against Liverpool.[8] On 28 November 2017, Choudhury made his Premier League debut for Leicester coming on as substitute in the 83rd minute of a home win against Tottenham Hotspur.[9] His first Premier League start came on 14 April 2018, in a 2–1 away defeat to Burnley.[10]

2019–20 season[edit]

On 30 August 2019, Choudhury signed a new four-year contract with Leicester.[11] On 1 January 2020, Choudhury scored his first senior goal for Leicester, an outside the box strike in the 86th minute, in a 3–0 away win at Newcastle United.[12]

2020–21 season[edit]

On 22 October 2020, Choudhury made his first appearance in a European competition, coming off the bench in the 71st minute against Zorya Luhansk. He became the first footballer of Bangladeshi descent to make an appearance in a European competition by doing so.[13] On 29 October, Choudhury scored a 39th-minute volley against AEK Athens, winning the match 2–1. He became the first footballer of Bangladeshi descent to score in one of the two major UEFA club competitions, the first British Asian to score in European competitions since Michael Chopra in the defunct UEFA Intertoto Cup, and the first British Asian to score in the current UEFA competitions.[14]

International career[edit]

On 26 May 2018, Choudhury made his debut for the England national under-21 football team, coming on as a substitute during the 2–1 win against China under-21 in the 2018 Toulon Tournament.[15] Choudhury started for England in the next match of the tournament, a 0–0 draw against Mexico.[16]

On 27 May 2019, Choudhury was included in England's 23-man squad for the 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship[17] but was shown a straight red card for a reckless tackle during the second half of the opening 2–1 defeat to France in Cesena.[18]

Personal life[edit]

Choudhury is of Bengali-Grenadian ancestry. He was raised in a traditional Bengali Muslim family, and visited Bangladesh as a child.[19] His mother and step-father are Bengali from the Dewan Bari in Snanghat Union, Bahubal, Habiganj District in Bangladesh.[20][21] He has fluency in his native tongue Bengali (Sylheti),[22] and also reads the Quran.[19] He is eligible to play for the Grenada national team through his biological father.[23]

In April 2019 he apologised for historical offensive tweets.[24] He was later charged with misconduct by the FA,[25] and fined £5,000 and put on an educational course.[26]

He and his partner had a child in 2018.[19]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 3 March 2021
Club Season Division League FA Cup EFL Cup Continental Other[27] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Leicester City 2015–16 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016–17 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017–18[28] 8 0 0 0 1 0 9 0
2018–19[29] 9 0 1 0 2 0 12 0
2019–20[30] 20 1 4 0 5 0 29 1
2020–21[31] 8 0 1 0 1 0 8[a] 1 18 1
Total 45 1 6 0 9 0 8 1 68 2
Burton Albion (loan) 2015–16[32] League One 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 0
2016–17[33] Championship 13 0 0 0 2 0 15 0
Total 26 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 28 0
Career total 71 1 6 0 11 0 8 1 0 0 96 2
  1. ^ Appearances in UEFA Europa League

Honours[edit]

England U21

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "List of temporary transfers of players under written contract between 01/08/2016 and 31/08/2016" (PDF). The Football Association. p. 24. Retrieved 11 February 2018.
  2. ^ "Hamza Choudhury". Leicester City F.C. Retrieved 22 December 2018.
  3. ^ "Transfer news: Leicester City youngster Hamza Choudhury attracting European interest". Sky Sports. 25 September 2014. Retrieved 12 March 2016.
  4. ^ Wilkinson, Ashley (27 February 2016). "Burton Albion transfer news: Leicester City youngster Hamza Choudhury signs on loan". Burton Mail. Retrieved 12 March 2016.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Burton's lead at the top of League One was cut to two points after they were held by fellow high-flyers Walsall". BBC Sport. 27 February 2016. Retrieved 12 March 2016.
  6. ^ "Hamza Choudhury re-signs on loan". 6 August 2016.
  7. ^ "Forest: On the whistle match report". Burton Albion F.C. 6 August 2016. Retrieved 6 August 2016.
  8. ^ "Carabao Cup: Leicester City vs Liverpool – 2:0". 19 September 2017.
  9. ^ "Premier League: Leicester City vs Tottenham Hotspur – 2:1". 28 November 2017.
  10. ^ "Burnley 2–1 Leicester City". BBC Sport. 14 April 2018. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  11. ^ "Hamza Choudhury Extends Leicester City Contract Until 2023". 30 August 2019.
  12. ^ https://www.theguardian.com/football/live/2020/jan/01/newcastle-united-v-leicester-city-premier-league-live
  13. ^ "Zorya Luhansk-Leicester Match Report". UEFA. 22 October 2020.
  14. ^ "AEK-Leicester Match Report". UEFA. 29 October 2020.
  15. ^ "Choudhury makes maiden England u21s appearance". Leicester City Football Club. 27 May 2018. Retrieved 27 May 2018.
  16. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/44426516
  17. ^ "England U21S Squad Named by Aidy Boothroyd for This Summer's Euro Finals in Italy". The FA. 27 May 2019. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  18. ^ "England U21s 1 France U21s 2". BBC Sport. 18 June 2019. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  19. ^ a b c "Leicester City's Hamza Choudhury on trips to Bangladesh and hating haircuts". 4 October 2019 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  20. ^ "The rise of Bangladesh origin Hamza Choudhury in English football". SportsOnly. 28 December 2018.
  21. ^ "হবিগঞ্জের দেওয়ান বাড়ির ছেলে লেস্টার সিটির হামজা". SportsOnly (in Bengali). 25 September 2017.
  22. ^ Shakib is an inspiration, says Leicester City’s Hamza Prothom-Alo. 29 May 2020. Retrieved on 26 September 2020.
  23. ^ https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/51252195. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  24. ^ "Hamza Choudhury: Leicester midfielder apologises for 'hurtful and offensive' tweets". BBC Sport. 29 April 2019.
  25. ^ "Hamza Choudhury charged with misconduct for social media comments". BBC Sport. 2 May 2019. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
  26. ^ "Hamza Choudhury: Leicester midfielder fined by Football Association for historical posts". BBC Sport. 10 May 2019. Retrieved 10 May 2019.
  27. ^ Includes Football League Trophy.
  28. ^ "Games played by Hamza Choudhury in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 29 August 2019.
  29. ^ "Games played by Hamza Choudhury in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 29 August 2019.
  30. ^ "Games played by Hamza Choudhury in 2019/2020". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 29 August 2019.
  31. ^ "Games played by Hamza Choudhury in 2020/2021". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 23 September 2020.
  32. ^ "Games played by Hamza Choudhury in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 29 August 2019.
  33. ^ "Games played by Hamza Choudhury in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 29 August 2019.
  34. ^ "Final fightback takes England U21S to Toulon hat-trick with win over Mexico". The Football Association. 9 June 2018. Retrieved 10 June 2019.

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