William Troost-Ekong

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

William Troost-Ekong
Troost-Ekong training with Nigeria in 2015
Personal information
Full name William Paul Troost-Ekong
Date of birth (1993-09-01) 1 September 1993
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 47 (0)
National team
2011 Netherlands U19 1 (0)
2013 Netherlands U20 2 (0)
2016 Nigeria U23 6 (0)
2015– Nigeria 41 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:35, 1 December 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15:55, 22 November 2019 (UTC)

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

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 and was immediately loaned out to Norwegian club FK Haugesund.[4]

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

On 17 August 2018, Troost-Ekong joined Italian Serie A club Udinese.[6] Troost-Ekong made 35 league appearances, and was booked 4 times, in his debut season in the Serie A, helping Udinese to a respectable 12th position.[7]

International career

Troost-Ekong was born in the Netherlands with siblings Emily Ekong and Everest Ekong 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.[8]

He made three 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.[9]

In June 2018 he was named in Nigeria's 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.[10]

In April 2019 he said that playing for Nigeria was his "best decision ever".[11] In June 2019, he was named in the country's 23–man squad for the Africa Cup of Nations.[12]

Career statistics

Club

As of match played 1 December 2019[13]
Club Season League League Cup Europe Other Total
AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Groningen 2013–14 Eredivisie 2020
Dordrecht 2013–14 Eerste Divisie 10010110
2014–15 Eredivisie 22010230
Total 320100010340
Haugesund 2015 Eliteserien 130130
2016 24341284
Total 373410000414
Gent 2016–17 Pro League 30005080
Bursaspor 2017–18 Süper Lig 27240312
2018–19 110011
Total 283400000323
Udinese 2018–19 Serie A 35000350
2019–20 12010130
Total 470100000480
Career total 149610100601657

International

As of match played 17 November 2019[8]
Nigeria
YearAppsGoals
201540
201650
201770
2018121
2019131
Total412

International goals

Scores and results list Nigeria's goal tally first.[8]
NoDateVenueOpponentScoreResultCompetition
1.28 May 2018Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, Port Harcourt, Nigeria DR Congo1–01–1Friendly
2.10 July 2019Cairo International Stadium, Cairo, Egypt South Africa2–12–12019 Africa Cup of Nations

References

  1. William Troost-Ekong at Soccerway. Retrieved 28 July 2015.
  2. "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. "Troost-Ekong Positive On Udinese Future After Escaping Relegation". Complete Sports. 27 March 2019. Retrieved 4 August 2019.
  8. William Troost-Ekong at National-Football-Teams.com
  9. Oluwashina Okeleji (24 June 2016). "Kelechi Iheanacho included in Nigeria's Olympics squad". BBC Sport. Retrieved 25 June 2016.
  10. Crawford, Stephen (4 June 2018). "Revealed: Every World Cup 2018 squad - Final 23-man lists". Goal. Retrieved 16 July 2019.
  11. "William Troost-Ekong: 'Playing for Nigeria best decision ever'". BBC Sport. 6 April 2019.
  12. "Nigeria: Super Eagles' Team List for Afcon 2019". Vanguard (Nigeria). All Africa. 11 June 2019. Retrieved 21 July 2019.
  13. "William Troost-Ekong". Soccerway.
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