Joe Dodoo

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Joe Dodoo
Personal information
Full name Joseph Dodoo[1]
Date of birth (1995-06-29) 29 June 1995 (age 23)[2]
Place of birth Kumasi, Ghana
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)[2]
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
(on loan from Rangers)
Number 11
Youth career
2008–2013 Leicester City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2016 Leicester City 1 (0)
2015Bury (loan) 4 (1)
2016– Rangers 20 (3)
2017Charlton Athletic (loan) 5 (1)
2018–Blackpool (loan) 5 (1)
National team
2013 England U18 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14:37, 5 September 2018 (UTC)

Joseph Dodoo (born 29 June 1995) is a professional footballer who plays as a striker for Blackpool, on loan from Rangers.

He came through the youth academy at Leicester City, and made his debut for them in August 2015, scoring a hat-trick and providing an assist in a 4–1 win at Bury. Later that year, he had a one-month loan at Bury. In July 2016, he signed a four-year deal at Rangers. Dodoo has made limited appearances for the Rangers first team, and has been loaned to Charlton Athletic and Blackpool.

Born in Ghana and living in England from the age of eight, he played once for England at under-18 level in 2013. Ghana have been interested in having him change his allegiance to his country of birth.[3]

Early life[edit]

Dodoo was born in Kumasi, Ghana but his grandmother brought him to Nottingham in England in search of a better life when he was only eight years old.[3]

Club career[edit]

Leicester City[edit]

Dodoo was playing park football in Nottingham for Vernon Colts at age 11 when an Academy Scout at Leicester City, saw him playing. On 9 December 2006 he brought him to Leicester for a trial. With his strong physique and pace, he made an immediate impact and was quickly signed by Leicester City Academy.

He made his first team debut on 25 August 2015, in the second round of the League Cup away to Bury at Gigg Lane. He played the full 90 minutes and scored a hat-trick in a 4–1 victory, also assisting the goal by Andrej Kramarić.[4] Bury subsequently stated that they were interested in signing him on loan.[5] Four days later, Dodoo made his first Premier League appearance, as a 72nd-minute substitute for Marc Albrighton in a 1–1 draw with Bournemouth at Dean Court.[6] In the next round of the League Cup on 22 September 2015, his first game at the King Power Stadium, Dodoo scored the opening goal after six minutes in a 2–1 extra-time win over West Ham United.[7] After the match, Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri praised Dodoo's performance and attitude.[8]

Bury (loan)[edit]

On 19 November, Dodoo joined Bury of League One on loan until 18 December 2015.[9] He made his debut two days later, starting in a home game against Burton Albion and contributing to the only goal of the game in the 40th minute when his low cross was put into the Burton net by their defender Jerome Binnom-Williams.[10] Many sources have recorded this as a Dodoo goal, however, officially it was recorded as a Binnom-Williams own goal.[11]


Dodoo opened signing talks with Scottish Premiership side Rangers in July 2016.[12] On the 19th, he signed a four-year deal with the Glasgow-based club,[13] for a £250,000 development fee.[14] He made his debut three days later in their Scottish League Cup match away to East Stirlingshire, coming on for Michael O'Halloran after 60 minutes and scoring the last goal of a 3–0 win from close range when set up by Lee Wallace.[15] He scored his first league goals on 26 November 2016, against Partick Thistle, netting two late strikes in a 2–1 win for Rangers.[16]

Charlton Athletic (loan)[edit]

Dodoo joined Charlton Athletic on loan on 31 August 2017.[17] On his debut for the club he came on as a substitute and scored what turned out to be the winning goal in a 4-3 win over Oldham Athletic.[18]

Blackpool (loan)[edit]

Dodoo was loaned to Blackpool in June 2018.[19]

International career[edit]

Dodoo is eligible to represent England or Ghana internationally. In March 2013, Dodoo was called up to the England under-18 team and played in a match against Belgium.[20] Shortly after Dodoo made his senior debut for Leicester, reports emerged that Ghana wanted Dodoo to pledge his international future to them over England.[3] On 20 May 2016 he was called up to the Ghana squad for their Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Mauritius; as he required FIFA to approve his change of nationality, he was unable to play, but trained with the squad.[21]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 21 August 2018[22]
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
Leicester City 2015–16 Premier League 1 0 0 0 3 4 4 4
Bury (loan) 2015–16 League One 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
Rangers 2016–17 Scottish Premiership 20 3 1 0 4 2 25 5
2017–18 Scottish Premiership 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Rangers Total 20 3 3 0 4 2 0 0 27 5
Charlton Athletic (loan) 2017–18 League One 5 1 1 0 0 0 2 1 8 2
Blackpool (loan) 2018–19 League One 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
Career total 33 6 5 0 7 6 2 1 47 13


  1. ^ "Premier League - Squad List 2015/16" (PDF). Premier League. p. 16. Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 October 2015. Retrieved 23 September 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Premier League Player Profile Joe Dodoo". Barclays Premier League. 2016. Retrieved 8 February 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c Jones, Simon. "Ghana want to convince promising Leicester striker Joe Dodoo to pledge his international future to them over England". Daily Mail. London: DMG Media. 
  4. ^ "Bury 1–4 Leicester". BBC Sport. BBC. 25 August 2015. Retrieved 25 August 2015. 
  5. ^ "Joe Dodoo: Leicester forward interests Bury after hat-trick". BBC Sport. BBC. 26 August 2015. Retrieved 26 August 2015. 
  6. ^ Jennings, Patrick (29 August 2015). "Bournemouth 1-1 Leicester". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 29 August 2015. 
  7. ^ Madely, Steve (22 September 2015). "Leicester vs West Ham match report: Andy King scores extra-time winner as Foxes beat Hammers for the second time this season". The Independent. London: Independent News & Media. Retrieved 23 November 2015. 
  8. ^ Taylor, Sean (23 September 2015). "Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri hails young prodigy Joe Dodoo as 'fantastic foxes' continue to outwit opponents". Daily Mail. London: DMG Media. Retrieved 23 November 2015. 
  9. ^ "Paddy Kenny: Bury goalkeeper cancels contract because of injury". BBC Sport. BBC. 19 November 2015. Retrieved 19 November 2015. 
  10. ^ "Bury 1-0 Burton". BBC Sport. BBC. 21 November 2015. 
  11. ^ Wardle, John (23 November 2015). "Joe Dodoo does the business to keep Bury in contention". The Times. London: News UK. 
  12. ^ Jackson, Keith (12 July 2016). "Rangers manager Mark Warburton lines up swoop for Leicester City forward Joe Dodoo". Daily Record. Glasgow: Trinity Mirror. Retrieved 14 July 2016. 
  13. ^ "Rangers make former Leicester striker their ninth summer signing". BBC Sport. BBC. 19 July 2016. 
  14. ^ Ralston, Gary (20 July 2016). "Rangers boss Mark Warburton hails Joey Barton's debut and says his new-look squad is shaping up nicely". Daily Record. Glasgow: Trinity Mirror. 
  15. ^ Young, Chick (22 July 2016). "East Stirlingshire 0–3 Rangers". BBC Sport. BBC. 
  16. ^ "Partick Thistle 1–2 Rangers". BBC Sport. 26 November 2016. Retrieved 9 April 2017. 
  17. ^ "Joe Dodoo: Charlton sign Rangers striker on loan until January". BBC. 31 August 2017. Retrieved 4 September 2017. 
  18. ^ "Oldham 3-4 Charlton". BBC. 2 September 2017. Retrieved 4 September 2017. 
  19. ^ "Joe Dodoo: Blackpool sign Rangers striker on loan". BBC Sport. 13 June 2018. Retrieved 13 June 2018. 
  20. ^ "Belgium U18 1 England U18 0". Daily Mail. London: DMG Media. 
  21. ^ "Joe Dodoo joins Ghana training despite nationality concerns". Ghana Web. 
  22. ^ Joe Dodoo at Soccerway. Retrieved 17 October 2017.

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