Samir Carruthers

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Samir Carruthers
Personal information
Full name Samir Badre Carruthers[1]
Date of birth (1993-04-04) 4 April 1993 (age 23)
Place of birth Islington, England
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)[2]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Milton Keynes Dons
Number 7
Youth career
Cambridge United
2005–2009 Arsenal
2009–2012 Aston Villa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2014 Aston Villa 3 (0)
2013–2014 Milton Keynes Dons (loan) 23 (2)
2014– Milton Keynes Dons 71 (3)
National team
2011–2012 Republic of Ireland U19 10 (1)
2012–2013 Republic of Ireland U21 10 (3)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:59, 29 June 2016 (UTC).
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 August 2013

Samir Badre Carruthers (born 4 April 1993) is a footballer who plays as a midfielder for Milton Keynes Dons. He has represented the Republic of Ireland at under-19 and under-21 level.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Islington, London, Carruthers was playing football local to his hometown of Hatfield, Hertfordshire when he was signed by Cambridge United's under-10 side.[3] He trained frequently with Manchester United, but when Cambridge United abandoned their youth team set-up he signed for Arsenal, the team he supported as a child.[3] He went on to represent Arsenal at under-18 level and captained the club's under-16 side. However, in 2009 Carruthers rejected offers from Fulham and Arsenal in favour of a move to Aston Villa.[3]

Aston Villa[edit]

Carruthers signed for Aston Villa in June 2009, aged 16. He made his name playing for the club's reserve and academy sides as an attacking midfielder and winger. Following a number of injuries to Alex McLeish's first team squad in the latter stages of the 2011–12 season, the young midfielder was brought in to train with the first team on a number of occasions.

Carruthers made his first-team debut in Villa's 1–1 Premier League draw at Liverpool on 7 April 2012, replacing Barry Bannan for the final four minutes.[4] He made two further substitute appearances that month.

On 1 April 2013, Carruthers captained Aston Villa's youth squad to the final of the NextGen Series where they beat Chelsea 2–0, at the Stadio Giuseppe Sinigaglia, in Como, Italy.[5]

Milton Keynes Dons (loan)[edit]

Carruthers was sent out on loan to League One side Milton Keynes Dons on 10 August 2013 on a youth loan until 4 January 2014.[6] He made his debut against Preston North End on 17 August. Coming on as a substitute in the 56th minute, Carruthers won a penalty, which was in turn converted by Shaun Williams, levelling the score at 2–2.[7] A week later Carruthers scored within 15 minutes of coming on as a substitute against Bristol City, hitting a left footed effort into the top corner to earn another 2–2 draw.[8] On 8 January 2014 it was announced that he had extended his loan spell at Milton Keynes Dons until April.

Milton Keynes Dons[edit]

On 6 August 2014 it was announced that Carruthers had signed for Milton Keynes Dons on a 3-year deal for an undisclosed fee. He scored his first goal of the season on 13 September in a 5–3 away win against Barnsley. On 25 April 2015 he scored a second goal, opening a 3–2 win over Rochdale at Spotland.[9] Eight days later the team earned their first promotion to the Championship with a 5–1 home win over Yeovil Town on the final day, with Carruthers setting up the first goal from Carl Baker.[10]

International career[edit]

Carruthers is of Irish, Italian and Moroccan descent and is eligible to play for Italy, Morocco, England and the Republic of Ireland, the country of his grandparents.[3][11][12] In 2011 he made his debut for the Republic of Ireland U19 team. On 10 September 2012 Carruthers made his debut for the Republic of Ireland U21 team away to Italy.

Controversy[edit]

On 15 March 2016, whilst attending the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse, Carruthers and Northampton Town's James Collins were photographed urinating into a beer glass whilst standing on a balcony. The following day, Carruthers apologised for his behaviour,[13] and following a meeting with manager Karl Robinson and chairman Pete Winkleman he was fined two weeks' wages and suspended by the club.[14] He pledged his fine to charities, including one chosen by the racecourse.[15]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 29 June 2016[16]
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Aston Villa 2011–12 Premier League 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
2012–13 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013–14 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Milton Keynes Dons (loan) 2013–14 League One 23 2 3 0 1 0 1 0 28 2
Total 23 2 3 0 1 0 1 0 28 2
Milton Keynes Dons 2014–15 League One 32 2 2 0 3 0 1 0 38 2
2015–16 Championship 39 1 3 0 1 0 0 0 43 1
Total 71 3 5 0 4 0 1 0 81 3
Career Total 97 5 8 0 5 0 2 0 109 5
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the Football League Trophy.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Premier League Clubs submit Squad Lists" (PDF). Premier League. 4 September 2012. p. 15. Retrieved 29 July 2013. 
  2. ^ Rollin, Glenda; Rollin, Jack, eds. (2012). Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2012–2013 (43rd ed.). London: Headline. p. 423. ISBN 978-0-7553-6356-8. 
  3. ^ a b c d Gold, Alasdair (6 July 2009). "Samir turns down Arsenal but signs for Aston Villa instead". www.hertfordshiremercury.co.uk. Retrieved 8 April 2012.  Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Mercury" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  4. ^ "Liverpool 1-1 Aston Villa". BBC News. 7 April 2012. 
  5. ^ http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2302225/Chelsea-v-Aston-Villa--NextGen-final-LIVE.html
  6. ^ "Villa starlet completes loan switch". Milton Keynes Dons FC. 10 August 2013. Retrieved 10 August 2013. 
  7. ^ "Preston 2-2 MK Dons". BBC Sport. 18 August 2013. Retrieved 18 August 2013. 
  8. ^ "MK Dons 2–2 Bristol City". BBC Sport. 24 August 2013. Retrieved 26 August 2013. 
  9. ^ "Rochdale 2-3 MK Dons". BBC Sport. 25 April 2015. Retrieved 18 May 2015. 
  10. ^ "MK Dons 5-1 Yeovil". BBC Sport. 3 May 2015. Retrieved 18 May 2015. 
  11. ^ "Irish u19 squad profiles". www.fai.ie. Retrieved 8 April 2012. 
  12. ^ Fitzmaurice, Aiden (2 April 2012). "Villa's green teens step up". www.herald.ie. Retrieved 8 April 2012. 
  13. ^ "Samir Carruthers: My apology". MK Dons. 16 March 2016. 
  14. ^ "Milton Keynes Dons player Samir Carruthers suspended by club after Cheltenham Festival 2016 photos". www.onemk.co.uk. 16 March 2016. Retrieved 16 March 2016. 
  15. ^ "Cheltenham urine row: Samir Carruthers and James Collins apologise". BBC News. 16 March 2016. Retrieved 17 March 2016. 
  16. ^ "Samir Carruthers". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 

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