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Harry Souttar
Souttar with Australia at the 2023 AFC Asian Cup
Personal information
Full name Harry James Souttar[1]
Date of birth (1998-10-22) 22 October 1998 (age 25)
Place of birth Aberdeen, Scotland
Height 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in)[2]
Position(s) Centre-back
Team information
Current team
Leicester City
Number 15
Youth career
Brechin City Boys
Celtic
2013–2015 Dundee United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2015–2016 Dundee United 2 (1)
2016–2023 Stoke City 61 (1)
2018Ross County (loan) 13 (0)
2019–2020Fleetwood Town (loan) 45 (4)
2023– Leicester City 15 (0)
International career
2015–2016 Scotland U17 2 (0)
2016–2017 Scotland U19 3 (0)
2019–2021 Australia U23 7 (0)
2019– Australia 30 (11)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 23:25, 6 January 2024 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 16:00, 6 June 2024 (UTC)

Harry James Souttar (born 22 October 1998) is a professional soccer player who plays as a centre-back for Premier League club Leicester City and the Australia national team.

Born in Scotland, Souttar began his senior career there with Dundee United before moving to England with Stoke City in 2016. He then joined Leicester City in 2023. After initially representing Scotland at youth level, he switched to play for Australia in 2019 and was a member of their squad at the 2022 FIFA World Cup. His brother John Souttar plays for Scotland.

Early life

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Souttar grew up in Luthermuir and attended Luthermuir Primary School Luthermuir, and subsequently Mearns Academy in Laurencekirk.[3][4] He played youth football for Brechin City Boys Club and was attached to Celtic before joining the academy at Dundee United in July 2013.[5] His older brother John is also a professional footballer and plays for Rangers, as well as representing Scotland. Their mother Heather was born in Port Hedland, Western Australia which meant the Souttar brothers were eligible to represent either Australia or Scotland at the international level.[6][7] They grew up supporting Brechin City where their father, Jack, had played in the 1970s.[8]

Club career

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Dundee United

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Souttar played for the Dundee United development team, including alongside his brother John in February 2015.[9] Having featured in a number of match day squads and having been listed as a substitute for the first team, Souttar signed a contract extension in December 2015, tying him to Dundee United until May 2018.[5] He made his first team debut against Partick Thistle in a Scottish Premiership match on 10 May 2016[10] and scored his first senior goal against Kilmarnock four days later.[11]

English Premier League club Stoke City became interested in signing Souttar, and although Dundee United rejected two bids to buy the player during June 2016,[12] it was reported during August 2016 that the clubs had agreed an initial £200,000 fee for his transfer.[13]

Stoke City

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Despite an agreement for Souttar's transfer to Stoke City having been reached before the end of the transfer window on 31 August, completion was delayed pending FIFA approval due to the player being under 18 years old.[14] He officially joined Stoke on 29 September 2016, signing a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee.[15][16] Souttar made his Stoke debut on 23 August 2017 in a 4–0 EFL Cup win over Rochdale.[17] After signing a new contract with Stoke, Souttar joined Scottish Premiership side Ross County on 24 January 2018 until the end of the season.[18] He played 13 times for the Staggies but was unable to help them avoid relegation to the Scottish Championship.[19]

On 30 January 2019, Souttar joined EFL League One side Fleetwood Town on loan for the remainder of the 2018–19 season.[20] Souttar played 11 times for Fleetwood, scoring once against Accrington Stanley.[21] Souttar re-joined Fleetwood on loan for the 2019–20 season.[22] Souttar played regularly under Joey Barton in 2019–20 and his performances earned him the EFL Young Player of the Month award for February 2020.[23][24] The League One season was ended early due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the table was decided via points per game which saw Fleetwood quality for the EFL League One play-offs in sixth place, where they faced Wycombe Wanderers and lost 6–3 on aggregate.[25]

Souttar made his league debut for Stoke City on 26 September 2020 in a 1–0 win away to Preston North End, and was named as the man of the match.[26] Due to a number of outstanding performances, he was named Stoke City's Player Of The Month in October.[27] Souttar established himself as a key member of Michael O'Neill's side in 2020–21 and he signed a new long term contract with the club in February 2021.[28] He scored his first goal for Stoke in a 2–0 win over Wycombe Wanderers on 6 March 2021.[29] Souttar made 43 appearances in 2020–21 as Stoke finished in 14th position.[30][31] Souttar began the 2021–22 season in good form having been part of a Stoke defence that had conceded 19 goals in 17 games with the Potters fifth in the Championship before he suffered a season ending anterior cruciate ligament injury whilst playing for Australia in November 2021.[32] Souttar made his return a year later prior to the start of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.[33] After returning to England following the World Cup Souttar attracted bids from Premier League clubs.[34]

Leicester City

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On 31 January 2023, Souttar joined Leicester City on a five-and-a-half-year contract for an undisclosed fee.[35] The fee was reported by the BBC to be £15 million which could eventually rise to £20 million with add-ons.[36]

International career

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Souttar made his debut for the Scotland under-17 team against Romania in February 2015.[9] On 6 March 2019, he was called up to the Australia national under-23 team.[37]

On 10 October 2019, he switched allegiance and debuted for the senior Australian national team at 20 years of age in a World Cup qualifier against Nepal, and scored twice in a 5–0 win; the fourth goal was initially recorded as a Nepalese own goal,[38] but eventually was awarded to Souttar by FIFA.[39] Souttar would go on to score two more goals for Australia in a 7–1 win against Chinese Taipei in his second game for the national team.[40]

At 2.00 metres (6 ft 7 in), Souttar is the tallest outfield player to have represented the senior Australia national team, and the second tallest player ever, behind goalkeeper Zeljko Kalac at 2.02 metres (6 ft 8 in).[41]

Souttar qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. He was part of the Olyroos Olympic squad. The team beat Argentina in their first group match but were unable to win another match. They were therefore not in medal contention.[42]

He was named in Australia's squad for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in November 2022.[43] Souttar received significant praise for his defensive performances during the tournament.[44][45]

Career statistics

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Club

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As of match played 23 December 2023
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National cup League cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Dundee United 2015–16[46] Scottish Premiership 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 1
2016–17[47] Scottish Championship 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Total 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 1
Stoke City U23 2017–18[48] 3[a] 0 3 0
2018–19[49] 3[a] 0 3 0
Total 6 0 6 0
Stoke City 2017–18[48] Premier League 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
2018–19[49] Championship 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
2019–20[50] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020–21[30] Championship 38 1 1 0 4 0 43 1
2021–22[51] Championship 16 0 0 0 2 1 18 1
2022–23[52] Championship 7 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Total 61 1 1 0 8 1 70 2
Ross County (loan) 2017–18[48] Scottish Premiership 13 0 0 0 0 0 13 0
Fleetwood Town (loan) 2018–19[49] League One 11 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 1
2019–20[50] League One 34 3 3 0 1 0 3[b] 0 41 3
Total 45 4 3 0 1 0 3 0 52 4
Leicester City 2022–23[52] Premier League 12 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
2023–24[53] Championship 3 0 0 0 1 0 4 0
Total 15 0 0 0 1 0 16 0
Career total 136 6 4 0 11 1 9 0 160 7
  1. ^ a b Appearances in EFL Trophy
  2. ^ Two appearances in League One play-offs, one appearance in EFL Trophy

International

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As of match played 6 June 2024[54]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Australia 2019 2 4
2021 8 2
2022 4 0
2023 7 4
2024 9 1
Total 30 11
As of match played 28 January 2024. Australia score listed first, score column indicates score after each Souttar goal.[54]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 10 October 2019 Canberra Stadium, Canberra, Australia 1    Nepal 3–0 5–0 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification
2 4–0
3 15 October 2019 National Stadium, Kaohsiung, Taiwan 2  Chinese Taipei 5–1 7–1
4 7–1
5 7 June 2021 Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium, Kuwait City, Kuwait 3  Chinese Taipei 1–0 5–1
6 15 June 2021 5  Jordan 1–0 1–0
7 9 September 2023 AT&T Stadium, Arlington, United States 17  Mexico 1–0 2–2 Friendly
8 18 October 2023 Gtech Community Stadium, London, United Kingdom 19  New Zealand 1–0 2–0 Soccer Ashes
9 16 November 2023 AAMI Park, Melbourne, Australia 20  Bangladesh 1–0 7–0 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification
10 21 November 2023 Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium, Kuwait City, Kuwait 21  Palestine 1–0 1–0
11 28 January 2024 Jassim bin Hamad Stadium, Al Rayyan, Qatar 26  Indonesia 4–0 4–0 2023 AFC Asian Cup

Honours

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Leicester City

See also

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References

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  2. ^ "Leicester City | Harry Souttar |".
  3. ^ "Former Brechin City youth Harry to play for Scotland U17s Euro squad". Brechin Advertiser. Archived from the original on 2 February 2017. Retrieved 20 January 2017.
  4. ^ "Super Souttar excelling in Cod Army defence". fleetwoodtownfc.com. 4 March 2019. Retrieved 5 February 2024.
  5. ^ a b "Development squad – Harry Souttar". Dundee United F.C. Retrieved 11 May 2016.
  6. ^ "How Scottish roots made future Socceroos captain Harry Souttar". Code Sports. Retrieved 8 November 2022.
  7. ^ "Former Dundee United defender Harry Souttar called into Australia U/23 squad". Evening Telegraph. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  8. ^ "The incredible link between Harry Souttar and Michael O'Neill that stretches 12 years and 400 miles". Stoke Sentinel. 19 November 2020. Retrieved 19 November 2020.
  9. ^ a b Fisher, Stewart (25 February 2015). "Lining up with brother John suits Harry Souttar just fine". The Herald. Glasgow. Retrieved 11 May 2016.
  10. ^ Duthie, Tom (10 May 2016). "Dundee United 3 Partick 3: United fight back to earn a point". Evening Telegraph. Dundee. Retrieved 14 May 2016.
  11. ^ Sutherland, Jonathan (14 May 2016). "Kilmarnock 2–4 Dundee United". BBC Sport. Retrieved 14 May 2016.
  12. ^ Duthie, Tom (24 June 2016). "Dundee United reject another Stoke bid for Harry Souttar". Evening Telegraph. Dundee. Retrieved 28 June 2016.
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  31. ^ "AFC Bournemouth 0–2 Stoke City". BBC Sport. Retrieved 18 May 2021.
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  44. ^ "'Magnet in his Head'". MSN.com. 1 December 2022. Retrieved 9 December 2022.
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  47. ^ "Games played by Harry Souttar in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 17 April 2017.
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  49. ^ a b c "Games played by Harry Souttar in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm.
  50. ^ a b "Games played by Harry Souttar in 2019/2020". Soccerbase. Centurycomm.
  51. ^ "Games played by Harry Souttar in 2021/2022". Soccerbase. Centurycomm.
  52. ^ a b "Games played by Harry Souttar in 2022/2023". Soccerbase. Centurycomm.
  53. ^ "Games played by Harry Souttar in 2023/2024". Soccerbase. Centurycomm.
  54. ^ a b Harry Souttar at National-Football-Teams.com
  55. ^ "Championship: 2023/24: Current table". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 5 May 2024.
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  • Profile at the Leicester City F.C. website