Josh Maja

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Josh Maja
Maja, Josh.jpg
Maja with Sunderland in 2018
Personal information
Full name Joshua Erowoli Maja[1]
Date of birth (1998-12-27) 27 December 1998 (age 21)[2]
Place of birth Lewisham, England
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position(s) Striker
Club information
Current team
Bordeaux
Number 9
Youth career
Crystal Palace

Fulham

Manchester City
2015–2016 Sunderland
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2016–2019 Sunderland 41 (16)
2019– Bordeaux 28 (7)
National team
2019– Nigeria 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11:35, 9 March 2020 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 September 2019

Joshua Erowoli Maja (born 27 December 1998) is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a striker for French club Bordeaux and the Nigeria national team.

Born in England, he began his professional career with Sunderland, making 49 appearances and scoring 17 goals. In January 2019, he joined Bordeaux. Maja made his international debut for Nigeria in September 2019.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in the London Borough of Lewisham to Nigerian parents, Maja grew up in Pimlico, London.[3][4] As a youngster he played for the youth teams of Crystal Palace and Fulham, and despite being formally registered with Fulham he spent some time with Manchester City.[5]

Sunderland[edit]

Maja was not offered a scholarship by Manchester City and in March 2015, Sunderland reached an agreement with Fulham for him to sign a two-year scholarship.[6] In May 2016, he signed his first professional contract with the club, signing a three-year deal.[4]

On 21 September 2016, Maja made his professional debut in a 2–1 victory at Queens Park Rangers in the third round of the EFL Cup, replacing Joel Asoro as a substitute for the final 21 minutes.[7] He did not play again that season but did appear on the bench during their Premier League campaign, which ended in relegation.[8]

Maja made his league debut on 16 December 2017 when he came on for James Vaughan at the Stadium of Light and five minutes later scored the only goal to defeat Fulham. Manager Chris Coleman said afterwards "I've been very impressed with Josh. He's different, he gives us a big injection of personality".[9] Sunderland suffered a second consecutive relegation in the 2017–18 EFL Championship season, with Maja not adding another goal.

In the 2018–19 EFL League One season, Maja scored in all of Sunderland's first four games in August, earning him a nomination for Player of the Month.[10] With his contract due to expire at the end of the season, he was offered a new deal but did not sign it.[11]

Bordeaux[edit]

On 26 January 2019, Maja signed for French Ligue 1 club Bordeaux on a 4​12-year contract. He made his Ligue 1 debut on 17 February in a 2–1 home Derby de la Garonne win over Toulouse, starting and playing 67 minutes.[12] On 20 April, he scored his first Ligue 1 goal in a 2–1 loss at Nîmes Olympique, but suffered a first-half left-knee injury that ended his season after seven games.[13]

On 3 December 2019, again against Nîmes, Maja scored his first career hat-trick for club or country and also provided an assist in a 6–0 win.[14][15][16]

International career[edit]

In August 2019 the Nigeria national team manager Gernot Rohr said he wanted Maja to represent the nation.[17] He made his international debut on 10 September in a 2–2 friendly against Ukraine, replacing Victor Osimhen in added time.[18]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 3 December 2019
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
Sunderland U23 2016–17[19] 4[a] 1 4 1
Sunderland 2016–17[20] Premier League 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
2017–18[21] Championship 17 1 1 0 0 0 18 1
2018–19[22][b] League One 24 15 3 0 1 0 2[a] 1 30 16
Total 41 16 4 0 2 0 2 1 49 17
Bordeaux 2018–19[19] Ligue 1 7 1 0 0 7 1
2019–20[19] Ligue 1 15 6 0 0 1 1 1 1 17 8
Total 21 6 0 0 1 1 22 7
Career total 62 22 4 0 3 1 6 2 75 25
  1. ^ a b Appearances in EFL Trophy
  2. ^ Soccerway's appearance and goal figures include the abandoned match against Accrington Stanley on 8 December 2018.[19][23]

International[edit]

As of match played 10 September 2019[24]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Nigeria 2019 1 0
Total 1 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Squads for 2016/17 Premier League confirmed". Premier League. 1 September 2016. Retrieved 11 September 2016.
  2. ^ "Josh Maja". Sunderland A.F.C. Retrieved 22 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Remember the name! Goal machine Maja hails 'very supportive' Kinetic after humiliating Manchester United". Kinetic Foundation. 12 October 2015. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Nigerian Superkid Joshua Maja Pens Professional Contract With Sunderland". All Nigeria Soccer. 6 July 2016. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
  5. ^ "Sunderland raid Man City for young duo Cameron McCulloch and Josh Maja". Tribal Football. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
  6. ^ Young, Chris (15 April 2015). "Sunderland sign Manchester City prospects". Sunderland Echo. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
  7. ^ Chamberlain, Oscar (21 September 2016). "QPR 1–2 Sunderland". Sunderland A.F.C. Retrieved 2 January 2019.
  8. ^ Jamieson, Stuart (14 December 2016). "Sunderland handed major injury boost ahead of tonight's clash with league leaders Chelsea". Chronicle Live. Retrieved 2 January 2019.
  9. ^ Taylor, Louise (16 December 2017). "Sunderland delight as Josh Maja sinks Fulham to end barren home year". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 January 2019.
  10. ^ Hunter, James (5 September 2018). "Sunderland's Josh Maja is nominated for Player of the Month award - and here's how to vote". Chronicle Live. Retrieved 2 January 2019.
  11. ^ https://www.theguardian.com/football/2019/jan/04/josh-maja-sunderland-contract-extension-premier-league
  12. ^ Donnelly, Mark (18 February 2019). "Sunderland AFC news: Bordeaux manager makes surprising Josh Maja admission plus injury latest". Shields Gazette. Retrieved 19 February 2019.
  13. ^ "Ligue 1 : Josh Maja (Bordeaux) marque son premier but puis sort sur blessure contre Nîmes". L'Equipe (in French). 20 April 2019. Retrieved 8 May 2019.
  14. ^ "Magnificent Maja fires Bordeaux third". www.ligue1.com. 3 December 2019.
  15. ^ "20-Year-Old Josh Maja Just Bagged His First Career Hat-Trick for Bordeaux". Versus. 4 December 2019.
  16. ^ "Josh Maja scores first career hat-trick as Bordeaux stroll past Nimes". Goal. 4 December 2019.
  17. ^ "Josh Maja: Nigeria chase England-born forward". BBC Sport. 29 August 2019.
  18. ^ "Ukraine v Nigeria game report". ESPN. 10 September 2019.
  19. ^ a b c d "J. Maja". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 22 January 2019.
  20. ^ "Games played by Josh Maja in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 22 January 2019.
  21. ^ "Games played by Josh Maja in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 22 January 2019.
  22. ^ "Games played by Josh Maja in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 22 January 2019.
  23. ^ Smith, Phil (8 December 2018). "Sunderland's clash at Accrington is abandoned with 20 minutes to play amid horrendous conditions". Sunderland Echo. Retrieved 22 January 2019.
  24. ^ "Maja, Josh". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 12 October 2019.

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