Sanmi Odelusi

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Sanmi Odelusi
Personal information
Full name Oluwasanmi Babafemi Oluwaseu Odelusi[1]
Date of birth (1993-06-11) 11 June 1993 (age 25)
Place of birth Dagenham, England
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Winger
Club information
Current team
Halifax Town
Youth career
0000–2006 Queens Park Rangers
2006–2009 Reading
2009–2012 Bolton Wanderers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2015 Bolton Wanderers 6 (0)
2014 Milton Keynes Dons (loan) 5 (0)
2014 Coventry City (loan) 14 (3)
2015–2017 Wigan Athletic 3 (0)
2016–2017 Rochdale (loan) 15 (0)
2017 Blackpool (loan) 7 (1)
2017 Colchester United 8 (1)
2018 Cheltenham Town 9 (1)
2018- Halifax Town 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 08:37, 5 June 2018 (UTC)

Oluwasanmi Babafemi Oluwaseu 'Sanmi' Odelusi (born 11 June 1993) is an English professional footballer who plays as a winger for Halifax Town.

Club career[edit]

Bolton Wanderers[edit]

Growing up in Dagenham, England, Odelusi grew up playing football as a sport to enjoy, in effort to avoid being in the streets.[2] Odelusi joined Bolton Wanderers in 2009 after having also spent time in the Queens Park Rangers and Reading youth set-ups.[3] It was at Bolton Wanderers when the club's Development Coach Jamie Fullarton helped Odelusi switched position from a striker to a winger.[4]

He spent three years in the reserves but in the 2011–12 season Odelusi scored four goals in 16 league games and was rewarded with one-year deal in July 2012.[5] Upon signing a new contract with the club, Odelusi was given number thirty-eight shirt for the club.[6]

Odelusi was on the bench for the matches against Blackburn Rovers which Bolton won 1–0, the home match against Brighton & Hove Albion and the 1–0 loss against Ipswich Town before eventually making his debut in a 3–2 away loss against Charlton Athletic when he came on for Darren Pratley in the 82nd minute.[7] Odelusi made his first start on 6 August against Shrewsbury Town in the League Cup and scored twice in a 3–1 win.[8] Following his first team appearance, Odelusi signed a new contract with the club, keeping him until 2016.[9] Odelusi later made two more appearance later in the 2013–14 season, providing two assists in separate matches against Bournemouth[10] and Reading.[11]

Loan spells[edit]

On 21 February 2014, Odelusi joined League One side Milton Keynes Dons on a one-month loan.[12] Odelusi made his MK Dons debut the next day, coming on as a substitute for Luke Chadwick in the 79th minutes, in a 1–0 loss against Bradford City.[13] On 24 March 2014, Odelusi extended his loan stay with the Dons until the end of the 2013–14 season.[14] However, Odelusi suffered a knee injury that saw him ruled for the rest of the season before returning to his parent club, where he made ten appearance.[15]

On 31 January 2015, Odelusi joined League One side Coventry City on a loan until the end of the season.[16] On the same day, Odelusi made a strong impact on his debut when he scored from the edge of the area in a 2–2 draw against Rochdale.[17] After being sidelined for weeks due to injury he sustained in training,[18][19] Odelusi made his first team return, starting in a 1–0 loss against Barnsley on 3 March 2015.[20] Odelusi scored his second Coventry City goal in the next game on 7 March 2015, in a 3–2 loss against Port Vale[21] and scored again two weeks later on 14 March 2015, in a 3–2 win over Chesterfield.[22] Odelusi returned to Bolton after making fourteen appearance and scoring three times for Coventry City.

Wigan Athletic[edit]

On 6 July 2015, Odelusi signed for Wigan Athletic on a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee.[23] After making five appearances, three in the league, Odelusi was transfer-listed by Wigan in September 2015.[24]

He was injured in late 2015. Originally ruled out for the 2015/16 season, he returned to playing before the season ended.

Loan to Rochdale[edit]

On 25 July 2016, Odelusi joined Rochdale on a season long loan. He scored his first goal for Rochdale in an EFL Trophy tie against Notts County on 4 October 2016.[25]

Loan to Blackpool[edit]

On 20 January 2017 he had his loan spell with Rochdale terminated after making just fifteen league appearances and parent club Wigan immediately loaned him out to Football League Two side Blackpool for the remainder of the season.[26]

Colchester United[edit]

On 31 August 2017, Odelusi signed for Colchester United until January 2018.[27] He made his Colchester debut on 2 September as a substitute in their 1–0 defeat at Cambridge United.[28] He made his full debut on 3 October in Colchester's 1–0 home defeat by Gillingham in the EFL Trophy. He was replaced by Craig Slater after 78-minutes of the match.[29] He scored his first goal for Colchester on 25 November during a 2–1 defeat at Notts County.[30] He was told his contract would not be renewed when it expired on 31 December 2017 and was allowed to attend a trial at Cheltenham Town.[31]

Cheltenham Town[edit]

Odelusi signed a contract with Chelthenham Town on 5 January 2018.[32] On 10 May 2018, it was announced that Odelusi would leave Cheltenham at the end of his current deal in June 2018.[33]

Halifax Town[edit]

On 4 June 2018, Odelusi signed for National League side Halifax Town on a one year deal.[34]

International career[edit]

Despite being born in England, Odelusi is eligible to play for Nigeria, though he remains keen to play for England.[35]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 15 December 2017
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Bolton Wanderers 2012–13[36] Championship 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2013–14[37] Championship 5 0 1 0 2 2 8 2
2014–15[38] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 6 0 1 0 2 2 9 2
Milton Keynes Dons (loan) 2013–14[37] League One 10 0 0 0 10 0
Coventry City (loan) 2014–15[38] League One 14 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 3
Wigan Athletic 2015–16[39] League One 3 0 0 0 1 0 1[a] 0 5 0
2016–17[40] Championship 0 0 0 0
Total 3 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 5 0
Rochdale (loan) 2016–17[40] League One 15 0 1 0 3[b] 1 19 1
Blackpool (loan) 2016–17[40] League Two 7 1 1 0 0 0 8 1
Colchester United 2017–18[41] League Two 8 1 0 0 0 0 2[b] 0 10 1
Career total 63 5 2 0 4 2 6 1 75 8
  1. ^ Appearance in Football League Trophy
  2. ^ a b Appearances in EFL Trophy

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Eastender Sanmi Odelusi counts his blessings at Bolton Wanderers". The Bolton News. 12 October 2013. Retrieved 6 August 2015. 
  3. ^ "Player Profiles". Bwfc.co.uk. 2012-07-16. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 2013-04-30. 
  4. ^ "Bolton Wanderers striking sensation Sanmi Odelusi keeps believing". The Bolton News. 8 August 2013. Retrieved 6 August 2015. 
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  6. ^ "Squad Numbers Announced". Bolton Wanderers F.C. 5 July 2012. Archived from the original on 27 December 2014. Retrieved 6 August 2015. 
  7. ^ "Charton 3–2 Bolton". BBC Sport. Retrieved 30 March 2013. 
  8. ^ "Shrewsbury 1–3 Bolton". BBC Sport. 6 August 2013. Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
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  10. ^ "Bournemouth 0 – 2 Bolton Wanderers". BBC Sport. 2 November 2013. Retrieved 6 August 2015. 
  11. ^ "Reading 7 – 1 Bolton Wanderers". Bolton Wanderers F.C. 18 January 2014. Retrieved 6 August 2015. 
  12. ^ "Dons swoop for Sanmi Odelusi". Milton Keynes Dons FC. 21 February 2014. Archived from the original on 25 February 2014. 
  13. ^ "Bradford City 1 – 0 Milton Keynes Dons". BBC Sport. 21 February 2014. Retrieved 6 August 2015. 
  14. ^ "Sanmi extends Dons stay". Milton Keynes Dons FC. 24 March 2014. Archived from the original on 24 March 2014. 
  15. ^ "Loanees depart stadiummk". Milton Keynes Dons F.C. 7 May 2015. Archived from the original on 6 August 2015. Retrieved 6 August 2015. 
  16. ^ "Sanmi Odelusi joins Coventry City on loan". Bolton Wanderers FC. 14 March 2015. Archived from the original on 1 February 2015. 
  17. ^ "Coventry City 2 – 2 Rochdale". BBC Sport. 31 January 2015. Retrieved 6 August 2015. 
  18. ^ "TEAM NEWS: Preston North End v Coventry City – Lee Burge starts in goal with debut for Luke Williams". Coventry City F.C. 7 February 2015. Archived from the original on 9 February 2015. Retrieved 6 August 2015. 
  19. ^ "TEAM NEWS: Barnsley v Coventry City – Sanmi Odelusi returns from injury to start for the Sky Blues at Oakwell". Coventry City F.C. 3 March 2015. Archived from the original on 6 August 2015. Retrieved 6 August 2015. 
  20. ^ "Barnsley 1 – 0 Coventry City". BBC Sport. 3 March 2015. Retrieved 6 August 2015. 
  21. ^ "Coventry City 2–3 Port Vale". BBC Sport. 7 March 2015. Retrieved 6 August 2015. 
  22. ^ "Chesterfield 2–3 Coventry City". BBC Sport. 14 March 2015. Retrieved 6 August 2015. 
  23. ^ "Sanmi Odelusi: Wigan Athletic sign Bolton Wanderers winger". BBC Sport. 6 July 2015. 
  24. ^ "Sanmi Odelusi told he can leave Wigan Athletic – after just THREE months!". 22 September 2015. 
  25. ^ "Rochdale 2–1 Notts County: Report". rochdaleafc.co.uk. 4 October 2016. Retrieved 5 October 2016. 
  26. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/38691784
  27. ^ "U's Flash: Sanmi Signs On". www.cu-fc.com. 31 August 2017. 
  28. ^ "Cambridge United 1–0 Colchester United". BBC Sport. 2 September 2017. Retrieved 2 September 2017. 
  29. ^ "Colchester United 0 Gillingham 1". Sky Sports. 3 October 2017. Retrieved 3 October 2017. 
  30. ^ "Notts County 2–1 Colchester United". BBC Sport. 25 November 2017. Retrieved 27 November 2017. 
  31. ^ Waldron, Jonathan (21 December 2017). "Sanmi Odelusi will not be offered a new deal by Colchester United". Daily Gazette. Colchester. Retrieved 21 December 2017. 
  32. ^ "Sanmi Odelusi: Cheltenham Town sign former Colchester forward". BBC Sport. 5 January 2018. Retrieved 5 January 2018. 
  33. ^ "Champions among released list". Cheltenham Town Official Site. 10 May 2018. Retrieved 10 May 2018. 
  34. ^ "FC Halifax Town: Winger Sanmi Odelusi agrees one-year deal with Shaymen". BBC Sport. 3 June 2018. 
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  37. ^ a b "Games played by Sanmi Odelusi in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 31 August 2017. 
  38. ^ a b "Games played by Sanmi Odelusi in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 31 August 2017. 
  39. ^ "Games played by Sanmi Odelusi in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 31 August 2017. 
  40. ^ a b c "Games played by Sanmi Odelusi in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 31 August 2017. 
  41. ^ "Games played by Sanmi Odelusi in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 31 August 2017. 

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