Lukas Jutkiewicz

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Lukas Jutkiewicz
Personal information
Full name Lukas Isaac Paul Jutkiewicz[1]
Date of birth (1989-03-28) 28 March 1989 (age 28)[1]
Place of birth Southampton, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[2]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Birmingham City
Number 10
Youth career
1999–2002 Southampton
2004–2006 Swindon Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2007 Swindon Town 38 (5)
2007–2010 Everton 1 (0)
2008 Plymouth Argyle (loan) 3 (0)
2009 Huddersfield Town (loan) 7 (0)
2009–2010 Motherwell (loan) 33 (12)
2010–2012 Coventry City 67 (18)
2012 Middlesbrough (loan) 1 (0)
2012–2014 Middlesbrough 64 (11)
2014 Bolton Wanderers (loan) 20 (7)
2014–2017 Burnley 32 (0)
2016–2017 Birmingham City (loan) 20 (8)
2017– Birmingham City 33 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11:09, 23 November 2017 (UTC).

Lukas Isaac Paul Jutkiewicz (born 28 March 1989) is an English professional footballer who plays as a striker for Birmingham City. He has previously played for Swindon Town, Everton, Plymouth Argyle, Huddersfield Town, Motherwell, Coventry City, Middlesbrough, Bolton Wanderers and Burnley.

Club career[edit]

Southampton[edit]

Jutkiewicz was born in Southampton,[1] and joined the Saints Academy as a ten-year-old after playing Tyro League football with Eastleigh Earls and Winsor. He attended Highfield Primary School and also attended The Mountbatten School in Romsey. After three years at the academy, he left but continued to play Tyro League football with Brendon Youth, before signing for Swindon Town.[3]

Swindon Town[edit]

Jutkiewicz made his Swindon Town debut at the age of 17, as a substitute in a 2–1 defeat at Swansea City's Liberty Stadium in April 2006.[4] A week later, he had his first start, in a 2–1 win away to Scunthorpe United.[5] Jutkiewicz received the club's Young Player of the Year award at the end of the season,[6] and signed his first professional contract, of three years, in July 2006.[7] He had to wait until December for his first league start of the 2006–07 season, which came in a 2–0 defeat to Mansfield Town.[8] In the next game, playing as a lone striker against top-of-the-table Walsall, he scored his first senior goal, had another attempt cleared off the line, and was fouled for a penalty converted by Christian Roberts to give Swindon a 2–0 victory.[9] On 17 March 2007, Jutkiewicz agreed to join Premier League club Everton. The contract, to come into force when the transfer window opened at the end of the season, was for four years, and the fee was undisclosed,[10] but reported as £400,000 potentially rising to £1 million.[11][12] He went on to score five goals during the 2006–07 season to help Swindon gain promotion back to League One.[8][13]

Everton[edit]

Jutkiewicz joined up with Everton for pre-season training in July 2007, and was given squad number 27, previously allocated to Andy van der Meyde.[14] He was loaned to Plymouth Argyle until the end of the 2007–08 Championship season, in time to make his debut on 1 January 2008, replacing Nadjim Abdou after 76 minutes of their 1–0 defeat at Cardiff City.[15] Working under Paul Sturrock, his former manager at Swindon, Jutkiewicz made four more appearances over the next few weeks, but struggled both physically and for confidence and was unable to retain a place even in the matchday squad.[16]

Jutkiewicz made his Everton debut – and what proved his only first-team appearance – in December 2008, coming on as a substitute in a 3–0 league victory over Sunderland.[17] The following month he was again sent out on loan, this time to League One club Huddersfield Town until the end of the season.[18] He made his first start for Huddersfield in a 1–0 win over Leeds United in February 2009, and played well in the next match, but his form declined. He was substituted just half an hour into his seventh appearance, after Cheltenham Town had taken a two-goal lead, and reacted by throwing a training top on the ground. Although he apologised afterwards,[19] he did not appear again.[17]

Motherwell[edit]

In August 2009, Jutkiewicz joined Scottish Premier League (SPL) club Motherwell on loan until January 2010.[20] He scored his first goal for the Fir Park outfit against Falkirk, and continued to play and score regularly, with seven goals in the first half of the season.[21] The loan period was extended to the end of the season,[22] and he scored three more goals before a drought set in.[21] In the penultimate match of the season, on 5 May 2010 at home to Hibernian, he won the man-of-the-match award in the highest-scoring match in SPL history;[23] he scored an outstanding injury-time goal from a tight angle to complete Motherwell's comeback from 6–2 down to draw 6–6 and keep alive his team's hopes of a Europa League spot.[24] He had been playing through a knee injury incurred three months earlier and was praised for his determination by manager Craig Brown, who described the goal as "van Basten-like".[23][25] However, it could not be considered for goal of the season because the award had already been presented to Anthony Stokes.[26] Four days later, Jutkiewicz converted a penalty in stoppage time to secure a 3–3 draw against Rangers at Ibrox.[27] He netted a total of 12 goals during his time with Motherwell.[21]

Coventry City[edit]

Jutkiewicz was transferred to Championship club Coventry City on 26 July 2010 for an undisclosed fee; he signed a three-year contract.[28] Manager Aidy Boothroyd stressed that he was "at the right age ... to grow and develop with Coventry City."[29] He made his competitive debut on the opening day of the season in a 2–0 home win against Portsmouth,[30] and scored his first goal for the club a week later with a stoppage-time equaliser in a 2–2 draw at Watford.[31] He played regularly during the 2010–11 season, mainly as a member of the starting eleven, and scored nine goals, all in league competition.[32] At the end of the August 2011 transfer window, Mddlesbrough's offer for Jutkiewicz, who had scored against them a few days earlier, was rejected,[33] as were suggestions of a loan move; manager Andy Thorn said the player was very much part of their plans for the season.[34] Jutkiewicz scored another nine goals by the beginning of January 2012,[35] and Middlesbrough renewed their interest.[36]

Middlesbrough[edit]

Because a permanent transfer could not be completed in time for Jutkiewicz to play in Middlesbrough's fixture against Burnley on 14 January 2012, he joined the club initially on an emergency loan deal.[37] The permanent transfer, on a four-and-a-half-year contract for a fee reported by BBC Sport to be in the region of £1.3m, was completed a few days later.[38] Jutkiewicz scored his first goal for Middlesbrough in an FA Cup fourth-round replay against Sunderland, and followed this on 14 February with his first league goal, in a 2–1 win against Nottingham Forest. He scored just once more that season,[35] and manager Tony Mowbray suggested that he "was probably trying too hard to adapt his game rather than playing exclusively to his strengths."[39]

After an injury setback at the start of the 2012–13 season,[39] Jutkiewicz scored his first two goals of the season for Boro in his first start, against Blackburn Rovers in a 2–1 victory away from home.[40] He followed up with another brace at home to Derby County to give him four goals from three starts.[41] After another month out with knee damage,[42] Jutkiewicz scored another four league goals, the last of which came in the 3–1 away defeat to Derby on New Year's Day. He added two to his season tally in the FA Cup win against Aldershot, but his form faded together with Middlesbrough's promotion chances.[41][43]

For the 2013–14 season, Jutkiewicz was given the number 9 shirt, previously worn by Marvin Emnes.[44] Despite claiming Boro's only goal of the opening-day fixture against Leicester City, it was credited as an own goal by Sean St Ledger,[45] so Jutkiewicz's first goal of the season came in the next match, a shock 2–1 defeat to Accrington Stanley in the League Cup.[46] He scored the only goal of the next match, away to Charlton Athletic, but that was his last in more than 20 appearances.[47] In October, Jutkiewicz missed several chances in a defeat against bottom-of-the-table Barnsley that led to the dismissal of Mowbray.[48] Mowbray's successor as manager, Aitor Karanka, rejected an approach from Blackburn Rovers to take Jutkiewicz on loan before he had had chance to assess the squad;[49] by January, he had concluded that a move might boost the player's confidence.[50]

Bolton Wanderers[edit]

On 28 January 2014, Jutkiewicz joined Bolton Wanderers on loan for the remainder of the 2013–14 season.[50] He made his debut the same day, coming off the bench in a 2–1 defeat to Queens Park Rangers.[47] He scored his first goal for the club in a 2–2 draw with Bournemouth on 8 February,[51] and finished the season with seven goals from twenty appearances.[47]

Burnley[edit]

Jutkiewicz joined newly promoted Premier League side Burnley in July 2014. The fee was undisclosed, but widely reported as £1.5m.[52] He registered six goals in as many games in Burnley's pre-season programme,[53] but when the campaign proper began, the goals disappeared. Jutkiewicz went through the 2014–15 season – 10 starts and 15 substitute appearances in Premier League matches – without a single goal as Burnley were relegated to the Championship.[54] On his sixth appearance of the 2015–16 season, late in a 2–1 win at home to Bristol City, he twisted his knee but, as Burnley had used all their substitutes, played on after receiving treatment.[55][56] The injury was diagnosed as a ruptured cruciate ligament,[57] and although he was able to play for the development squad by the end of the season, he did not return to the first team.[55][58] He made two substitute appearances in the Premier League in August 2016 before moving out on loan.[59]

Birmingham City[edit]

On 31 August 2016, Jutkiewicz signed on loan for Birmingham City until 2 January 2017.[60] He made his debut on 10 September, as a second-half substitute in a 1–0 win away against Fulham, and started the next match, a goalless draw away to Reading.[59] He scored his first goal on 17 September, a looping header in stoppage time as Birmingham came back from 1–0 down to beat Sheffield Wednesday 2–1.[61] His goalscoring continued, prompting manager Gary Rowett to begin negotiations to make the loan permanent,[62] and by Christmas Jutkiewicz had 6 goals from 17 appearances – all headers.[63]

On 20 December, Gianfranco Zola made Jutkiewicz his first signing as Birmingham manager, for a fee of £1 million. The player signed a three-and-a-half-year contract, with the option of a further year, to begin on 3 January 2017 after the expiry of his loan.[63]

International career[edit]

In addition to his country of birth, England, Jutkiewicz is also eligible to play for the Republic of Ireland through his Irish grandmother and for Poland by way of his Polish grandfather.[64] In October 2007, he told Everton TV that if Poland wanted him, he was ready,[65] but speaking in 2009, the player insisted that he had made no decision on which country to represent, nor had he been contacted by any of the three associations.[66] In December 2016, it was reported that Martin O'Neill was interested in recruiting Jutkiewicz for his Ireland squad.[64]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 22 November 2017
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
Swindon Town 2005–06[4] League One 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
2006–07[8] League Two 33 5 3 0 0 0 1[a] 0 37 5
Total 38 5 3 0 0 0 1 0 42 5
Plymouth Argyle (loan) 2007–08[67] Championship 3 0 2 0 5 0
Everton 2008–09[17] Premier League 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2009–10[21] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Huddersfield Town (loan) 2008–09[17] League One 7 0 7 0
Motherwell (loan) 2009–10[21] Scottish Premier League 33 12 1 0 2 0 0 0 36 12
Coventry City 2010–11[68] Championship 42 9 1 0 0 0 43 9
2011–12[35] Championship 25 9 1 0 26 9
Total 67 18 1 0 1 0 69 18
Middlesbrough 2011–12[35] Championship 19 2 2 1 21 3
2012–13[41] Championship 24 8 1 2 1 0 26 10
2013–14[47] Championship 22 1 1 0 1 1 24 2
Total 65 11 4 3 2 1 71 15
Bolton Wanderers (loan) 2013–14[47] Championship 20 7 20 7
Burnley 2014–15[54] Premier League 25 0 0 0 1 0 26 0
2015–16[55] Championship 5 0 0 0 1 0 6 0
2016–17[59] Premier League 2 0 1 0 3 0
Total 32 0 0 0 3 0 35 0
Birmingham City 2016–17[59] Championship 38 11 2 1 40 12
2017–18[69] Championship 15 1 0 0 1 0 16 1
Total 53 12 2 1 1 0 56 13
Career total 319 65 13 4 9 1 1 0 342 70
  1. ^ Appearance in Football League Trophy

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