Louis Laing

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Louis Laing
Louis Laing.jpg
Laing playing for Sunderland
Personal information
Full name Louis Mark Laing
Date of birth (1993-03-06) 6 March 1993 (age 24)
Place of birth Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Inverness Caledonian Thistle
Number 21
Youth career
2009–2011 Sunderland
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2014 Sunderland 1 (0)
2012 Wycombe Wanderers (loan) 11 (0)
2014–2015 Nottingham Forest 0 (0)
2014 Notts County (loan) 10 (0)
2015 Motherwell (loan) 11 (1)
2015–2017 Motherwell 15 (1)
2016–2017 Notts County (loan) 21 (1)
2017– Inverness Caledonian Thistle 1 (0)
National team
2008 England U16 3 (0)
2009–2010 England U17 9 (0)
2011 England U18 1 (0)
2010–2011 England U19 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:02, 18 February 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22 August 2012

Louis Mark Laing (born 6 March 1993) is an English footballer who plays as a defender for Scottish Premiership side Inverness Caledonian Thistle. He started his career at Sunderland and has also played for Wycombe Wanderers, Nottingham Forest, Notts County and Motherwell

Club career[edit]

Sunderland[edit]

Born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, Laing grew up supporting Newcastle United.[1] Laing started at youth level with Montague B.C. before he joined Newcastle's arch-rival's Sunderland in summer 2009.[2] In his first year at the Sunderland academy, he made eighteen appearances, scoring once despite his injuries during the 2009–10 season.[2]

Laing made his Sunderland debut on 14 May 2011, coming on as a late substitute for John Mensah in a 3–1 defeat at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers.[3] After making his debut, Manager Steve Bruce was keen to let Laing be loaned out for first team football.[4]

On 16 January 2012, Laing signed for League One side Wycombe Wanderers on a one-month loan deal.[5] On 21 January, he made his debut in a 3–0 win against Rochdale at Adams Park.[6] On 14 February, his loan was extended by Wycombe until the end of the season.[7]

After his loan spell with Wycombe Wanderers came to an end, Laing signed a new contract with Sunderland.[8] For two seasons at Sunderland, Laing's time there was overshadowed with injuries.[9][10] At the end of the end of the 2013–14 season, Laing was released by the club.[11]

Nottingham Forest[edit]

Despite interest from Blackburn Rovers,[12] Newcastle United[13] and Manchester United,[14] Laing signed a one-year deal with Nottingham Forest.[15]

Having only featured in Forest's reserves and under-21 sides, Laing joined Notts County on a one-month emergency loan on 12 September 2014.[16] He made his Notts County debut the next day, in a 0–0 draw against Peterborough United on 13 September 2014.[17] After helping the club keep four clean-sheet in seven matches, Laing's loan spell with Notts County was extended for another 93 days on 13 October 2014.[18] After making ten appearances for the club, Laing's loan spell with Notts County came to an end, as he made his last appearance against Swindon Town on 13 December 2014.[19][20]

On 30 January 2015, Laing moved on loan to Motherwell until the end of the 2014–15 season.[21] He made his debut the following day against St Johnstone, but he was sent off after 25 minutes.[22] Then on 28 February 2015, Laing scored his first Motherwell goal, in a 2–1 win over Inverness CT.[23] Laing played in both legs of the Scottish Premiership Play-off final, as Motherwell maintained their top flight status with a 6–1 win on aggregate against Rangers.[24][25] At the end of the season, Laing returned to his parent club,[26] although he said he hoped he would be able to return to Motherwell.[27]

Laing was released by Nottingham Forest at the end of the season, having never made an appearance for the club.[28]

Motherwell[edit]

On 30 June 2015, Laing returned to Motherwell, signing a two-year contract with the club.[29] In March 2016, Laing revealed that earlier in the season, while out of the first team at Motherwell, he had considered giving up football.[30]

On 15 August 2016, Laing moved on loan to Notts County until 16 January 2017.[31] Laing was released by Motherwell on 31 January 2017.[32]

Inverness[edit]

Laing signed for Inverness Caledonian Thistle on 16 February 2017 on a contract due to run until the end of the 2016–17 season.[33]

International career[edit]

Laing has played for England at all levels from under-16 to under-19.[34]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 18 February 2017[35]
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sunderland 2010–11 Premier League 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2011–12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2012–13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013–14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Wycombe Wanderers (loan) 2011–12 League One 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
Nottingham Forest 2014–15 Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Notts County (loan) 2014–15 League One 10 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 12 0
Motherwell (loan) 2014–15 Scottish Premiership 11 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 13 1
Motherwell 2015–16 Scottish Premiership 15 1 0 0 1 0 16 1
2016–17 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 15 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 16 1
Notts County (loan) 2016–17 League Two 21 1 3 1 0 0 3 0 27 2
Inverness Caledonian Thistle 2016–17 Scottish Premiership 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Career total 70 3 3 1 1 0 7 0 81 4

Personal life[edit]

Coincidentally, Louis Laing's name are compared to Superman's love interest Lois Lane and Lana Lang.[36]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Motherwell defender Louis Laing: My Newcastle idols survived.. now it's our turn". Daily Record. 30 May 2015. Retrieved 19 June 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Louis Laing". Sunderland A.F.C. Archived from the original on 21 August 2011. Retrieved 16 May 2011. 
  3. ^ Peter Scrivener (14 May 2011). "Sunderland 1–3 Wolves". BBC Sport. Retrieved 16 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "Sunderland boss Steve Bruce hails teenage defender Louis Laing". Sunderland Echo. 21 July 2011. Retrieved 19 June 2015. 
  5. ^ "Wycombe Wanderers secure loan for Sunderland's Louis Laing". BBC Sport. 16 January 2012. Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "Wycombe 3–0 Rochdale". Wycombe Wanderers F.C. 21 January 2012. Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  7. ^ "Wycombe Wanderers keep Louis Laing until the end of the season" BBC Sport. 14 February 2012. Retrieved 22 March 2012.
  8. ^ "Laing heads list of new deals for 11 Sunderland rookies". Sunderland Echo. 4 July 2012. Retrieved 19 June 2015. 
  9. ^ "Sunderland make Academy clear-out". Sunderland Echo. 23 January 2013. Retrieved 19 June 2015. 
  10. ^ "Sunderland prospect Laing out for six weeks". Sunderland Echo. 17 August 2013. Retrieved 19 June 2015. 
  11. ^ "Sunderland's retained list confirmed". Sunderland Echo. 23 May 2014. Retrieved 19 June 2015. 
  12. ^ "Blackburn consider Sunderland defender". Sunderland Echo. 15 April 2014. Retrieved 19 June 2015. 
  13. ^ "Newcastle United step up bid to offload defender". Sunderland Echo. 11 June 2014. Retrieved 19 June 2015. 
  14. ^ "Transfer news: Manchester United take Sunderland's Louis Laing on trial". Sky Sports. 24 April 2014. Retrieved 19 June 2015. 
  15. ^ "Louis Laing Signs For Forest". Nottingham Forest F.C. 19 June 2014. Archived from the original on 21 September 2014. Retrieved 19 June 2015. 
  16. ^ "Louis heads for the Lane". Nottingham Forest F.C. 12 September 2014. Archived from the original on 15 September 2014. Retrieved 12 September 2014. 
  17. ^ "Peterborough United 0–0 Notts County". BBC Sport. 13 September 2014. Retrieved 19 June 2015. 
  18. ^ "Louis Laing Extends Loan Stay With Notts County". Notts County F.C. 13 October 2014. Archived from the original on 18 October 2014. Retrieved 19 June 2015. 
  19. ^ "Notts County 0–3 Swindon Town". BBC Sport. 13 December 2014. Retrieved 19 June 2015. 
  20. ^ "Laing: We Will Go Into It Believing We Can Win". Notts County F.C. 12 December 2014. Archived from the original on 27 December 2014. Retrieved 19 June 2015. 
  21. ^ "'Well net Notts Forest defender". Motherwell F.C. 30 January 2015. Retrieved 30 January 2015. 
  22. ^ Crawford, Kenny (31 January 2015). "Motherwell 1–1 St Johnstone". BBC Sport. Retrieved 1 February 2015. 
  23. ^ "Motherwell 2 – 1 Inverness Caledonian Thistle". BBC Sport. 28 February 2015. Retrieved 19 June 2015. 
  24. ^ Wilson, Richard (28 May 2015). "Rangers 1–3 Motherwell". BBC Sport. Retrieved 1 July 2015. 
  25. ^ "Motherwell 3 – 0 Rangers". BBC Sport. 31 May 2015. Retrieved 19 June 2015. 
  26. ^ "Motherwell offer Rangers rammy kid Lee Erwin a new deal as FIFTEEN players leave Fir Park". Daily Record. 2 June 2015. Retrieved 19 June 2015. 
  27. ^ "Laing: Deal me in Motherwell". Glasgow Evening Time. 4 June 2015. Retrieved 19 June 2015. 
  28. ^ "Football League confirm players released by Nottingham Forest". Nottingham Post. 12 June 2014. Retrieved 19 June 2015. 
  29. ^ "Louis Laing signs on again". http://www.motherwellfc.co.uk. Motherwell F.C. 30 June 2015. Archived from the original on 30 June 2015. Retrieved 30 June 2015.  External link in |website= (help)
  30. ^ "Motherwell's Louis Laing pondered quitting game". BBC Sport. 5 March 2016. Retrieved 19 August 2016. 
  31. ^ "Louis Laing: Notts County sign Motherwell defender on loan". BBC Sport. 15 August 2016. Retrieved 19 August 2016. 
  32. ^ "Fry and Laing depart the Steelmen". Motherwell F.C. 1 February 2017. Retrieved 1 February 2017. 
  33. ^ Dowden, Martin (16 February 2017). "Louis Laing: Inverness sign former Motherwell defender until summer". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 16 February 2017. 
  34. ^ "Louis Laing". The Football Association. Retrieved 16 May 2011. 
  35. ^ Louis Laing at Soccerbase
  36. ^ "Louis Laing's a Superman of Steel as he sums everything that's right about Motherwell". Daily Record. 2 March 2015. Retrieved 1 July 2015. 

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