Albrighton playing for Aston Villa in 2012
|Full name||Marc Kevin Albrighton|
|Date of birth||18 November 1989|
|Place of birth||Tamworth, England|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) |
|2013||→ Wigan Athletic (loan)||4||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:23, 24 May 2015 (UTC).
Marc Kevin Albrighton (born 18 November 1989) is an English footballer who plays as a winger for Leicester City. Before signing with the club, Albrighton had spent his entire career with Aston Villa including a loan spell at Wigan Athletic; he has also represented the England U21 and U20 sides.
Albrighton started his career at hometown club Mile Oak Monarchs, before he was offered a trial at Villa's local rivals West Bromwich Albion. He was rejected by Albion, then subsequently signed for Villa at the age of eight.
After impressing in the under-18 squad and playing in the reserves, Albrighton's first taste of senior action came on 10 July 2008, playing 17 minutes as a substitute in the 6–0 pre-season friendly victory over Wil. He made his competitive debut in the UEFA Cup game away at CSKA Moscow on 26 February 2009.
During the 2009–10 pre-season, Albrighton was included in the squad which played in the pre-season friendly tournament, the 2009 Peace Cup, in which he scored his first goal for the club in a 3–1 win over Atlante. He played in the Peace Cup final in which Villa beat Italians Juventus 4–3 in a penalty shootout.
Albrighton made his Premier League debut on the opening day of the 2009–10 season against Wigan Athletic at Villa Park, coming on as a second-half substitute. On 24 September 2009, Albrighton extended his contract with Villa, his boyhood club, by three years. On 29 December 2009, he made his second top flight appearance for the Villa first team, coming on as a second-half substitute against Liverpool. Shortly after the game, former Villa boss Martin O'Neill admitted that Albrighton along with fellow youngsters Nathan Delfouneso and Ciaran Clark were the subject of many loan offers from clubs throughout the season. However, he went on to state his belief that the trio were good enough to learn their trade in the fringes of the Aston Villa side.
After a good pre-season, Albrighton made his first Premier League start in the first game of the 2010–11 season against West Ham United on 14 August 2010. In this game he assisted two goals in Villa's 3–0 win. Albrighton also made a run which led to the assist of the goal by Barry Bannan in Villa's 1–1 draw against Rapid Vienna in the 1st leg of their UEFA Europa League qualification tie on 19 August. He scored his first Premier League goal for Villa against Tottenham Hotspur on 2 October 2010. He was sent off against Burnley in the League Cup on 27 October 2010 therefore missing a chance to play in the following game against local rivals Birmingham City. On 5 November 2010 Albrighton signed a new contract keeping him at the club until 2014. On 6 November Albrighton scored his second goal of the season in a 1–1 draw away at Fulham. On 13 November 2010, Albrighton scored his third club goal for Aston Villa against Manchester United. He started the game alongside fellow academy products Barry Bannan, Jonathan Hogg and Gabriel Agbonlahor. After putting Aston Villa 2–0 up, the game ended 2–2. On 23 November, Albrighton was ruled out of action for three to four weeks after having his appendix removed, but made his return ahead of schedule in a 3–0 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield on 6 December, playing 65 minutes before being replaced by Robert Pires. Albrighton then set up both goals for the home side in the 2–1 defeat of local rivals West Bromwich Albion in December 2010.
Albrighton scored his first goal of the season on 10 December 2011 away at Bolton Wanderers. On 21 December 2011, he scored the Premier League's 20,000th goal at home against Arsenal, winning a £20,000 cheque from league sponsors Barclays, donated to his chosen charity, Acorns Children's Hospice. He then scored the opening goal in a 3–1 win against Bristol Rovers at the Memorial Ground in the FA Cup. During the 3–2 victory away at Wolves on 21 January 2012 Albrighton was one of the best players on the pitch, setting up numerous Villa chances.
A throat operation restricted Albrighton to a single outing, in the League Cup, up to October 2013. He joined Wigan Athletic on a 28-day loan on 30 October 2013. He made four appearances for Wigan before returning to his parent club on 27 November 2013. On 15 March Albrighton came off the bench to assist Fabian Delph against Chelsea FC in a 1–0 Aston Villa victory.
On 20 May 2014, Aston Villa announced via their Twitter page that Albrighton, along with Nathan Delfouneso, had been released from his contract and would be a free agent for the start of the 2014–15 Season.
On 23 May 2014 Albrighton joined Leicester City on a four-year contract following their return to the Premier League for the first time in a decade. Albrighton made his Leicester City debut as a second-half substitute in the 0–2 defeat, away against Chelsea.
On 2 April 2009, Albrighton made his debut for the England under 20s. He made his debut for U21 team in September 2010 during their Euro 2011 qualifying play-offs and scored just fifteen minutes after coming on as a substitute.
Marc confirmed to the Birmingham Mail that his dreams have come true in playing for Aston Villa, the team he has supported since a young age. He has named former Villa players David Ginola, Benito Carbone and Robert Pirès as some of his footballing role models, along with England legend David Beckham who he has been compared to due to crossing ability and technique.
- As of match played 24 May 2015.
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|Wigan Athletic (loan)||2013–14||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||4||0|
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- Marc Albrighton career statistics at Soccerbase
- Marc Albrighton – UEFA competition record
- BBC Profile
- ESPN Soccernet Profile
- Aston Villa Profile
- Marc Albrighton career statistics at Soccerbase