William Troost-Ekong

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William Troost-Ekong
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Troost-Ekong training with Nigeria in 2015
Personal information
Full name William Paul Troost-Ekong
Date of birth (1993-09-01) 1 September 1993 (age 25)
Place of birth Haarlem, Netherlands
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)[1]
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Udinese
Number 5
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2015 Groningen 2 (0)
2014–2015Dordrecht (loan) 32 (0)
2015–2017 Gent 3 (0)
2015–2016Haugesund (loan) 37 (3)
2017–2018 Bursaspor 28 (3)
2018– Udinese 35 (0)
National team
2011 Netherlands U19 1 (0)
2013 Netherlands U20 2 (0)
2016 Nigeria U23 6 (0)
2015– Nigeria 37 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13:07, 16 July 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 July 2019

William Paul Troost-Ekong (born 1 September 1993) is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a centre back for Italian club Udinese.

Born in the Netherlands into a mixed Dutch and Nigerian family and being eligible for both Netherlands and Nigeria in international football, he opted to represent the latter.

Club career[edit]

After playing football at youth level in England for Fulham and Tottenham Hotspur,[2] Troost-Ekong began his senior career in the Netherlands with FC Groningen and FC Dordrecht.[1][3]

After being linked abroad with transfers to Celtic among others,[2] he signed for Belgian club KAA Gent in July 2015, immediately joining Norwegian club FK Haugesund on loan.[4]

In July 2017, Troost-Ekong signed for Turkish club Bursaspor of the Süper Lig.[5]

On 17 August 2018, Troost-Ekong joined to Italian Serie A club Udinese.[6]

International career[edit]

Troost-Ekong with Nigeria in 2017 against Argentina

Troost-Ekong was born in the Netherlands to a Nigerian father, and Dutch mother Eleanore Troost. He represented the Netherlands at under-19 and under-20 youth levels.[2]

He made his senior international debut for Nigeria on 13 June 2015, playing 90 minutes in an AFCON qualifier against Chad.[7]

He made 3 starts for the senior team in 2016 before being selected by Nigeria's under-23 team in their 35-man provisional squad for the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics.[8]

In May 2018 he was named in Nigeria's preliminary 30 man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.[9]

In April 2019 he said that playing for Nigeria was his "best decision ever".[10]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 26 May 2019[11]
Club Season League League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Groningen 2013–14 Eredivisie 2 0 2 0
Dordrecht 2013–14 Eerste Divisie 10 0 1 0 11 0
2014–15 Eredivisie 22 0 1 0 23 0
Total 32 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 34 0
Haugesund 2015 Eliteserien 13 0 13 0
2016 24 3 4 1 28 4
Total 37 3 4 1 0 0 0 0 41 4
Gent 2016–17 Pro League 3 0 0 0 5 0 8 0
Bursaspor 2017–18 Süper Lig 27 2 4 0 31 2
2018–19 1 1 0 0 1 1
Total 28 3 4 0 0 0 0 0 32 3
Udinese 2018–19 Serie A 35 0 0 0 35 0
Career total 137 6 9 1 0 0 6 0 152 7

International[edit]

As of match played 16 July 2019[7]
Nigeria
Year Apps Goals
2015 4 0
2016 5 0
2017 7 0
2018 12 1
2019 9 1
Total 37 2

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Nigeria's goal tally first.[7]
No Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 28 May 2018 Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, Port Harcourt, Nigeria  DR Congo 1–0 1–1 Friendly
2. 10 July 2019 Cairo International Stadium, Cairo, Egypt  South Africa 2–1 2–1 2019 Africa Cup of Nations

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b William Troost-Ekong at Soccerway. Retrieved 28 July 2015.
  2. ^ a b c "Celtic eye Groningen defender William Troost-Ekong". The Scotsman. 12 March 2015. Retrieved 28 July 2015.
  3. ^ "Profile" (in Dutch). Voetbal International. Retrieved 28 July 2015.
  4. ^ Oluwashina Okeleji (28 July 2015). "Nigerian defender William Troost-Ekong joins Gent". BBC Sport. Retrieved 28 July 2015.
  5. ^ "Bursaspor Kulübü Resmi İnternet Sitesi". www.bursaspor.org.tr (in Turkish). Retrieved 8 July 2017.
  6. ^ "UFFICIALE: Udinese, ingaggiato Troost-Ekong" (in Italian). Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  7. ^ a b c William Troost-Ekong at National-Football-Teams.com
  8. ^ Oluwashina Okeleji (24 June 2016). "Kelechi Iheanacho included in Nigeria's Olympics squad". BBC Sport. Retrieved 25 June 2016.
  9. ^ "Revealed: Every World Cup 2018 squad - Final 23-man lists - Goal.com". www.goal.com.
  10. ^ "William Troost-Ekong: 'Playing for Nigeria best decision ever'". 6 April 2019 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  11. ^ "William Troost-Ekong". Soccerway.

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