Aaron Leya Iseka
|Full name||Aaron Leya Iseka|
|Date of birth||15 November 1997|
|Place of birth||Brussels, Belgium|
|Height||1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|2016–2017||→ Marseille (loan)||8||(0)|
|2016–2017||→ Marseille II (loan)||13||(4)|
|2017–2018||→ Zulte Waregem (loan)||24||(6)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 May 2019|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22:08, 20 June 2019 (UTC)
Leya Iseka is a youth exponent from Anderlecht. In the 2013–14 UEFA Youth League, aged 15 in an under-19 tournament, he scored four goals in six games of a group-stage elimination, including a hat-trick on 3 October in a 4–2 home win over Olympiacos. The following season, he scored nine times in seven UEFA Youth League games, second only to Chelsea's Dominic Solanke. This included another hat-trick on 18 March 2015 in a 5–0 home win over Porto in the quarter-finals. That same month, he was given his first professional contract, for five years.
He made his first team debut on 3 December 2014 in a Belgian Cup 7th-round game against K.R.C. Mechelen, replacing Cyriac after 75 minutes in a 4–1 home win. He scored his first goal on 21 January 2015 in the second leg of the quarter-finals, a 4–2 (7–2 aggregate) win over Zulte Waregem. On 22 March he was an unused substitute in the 2015 Belgian Cup Final, a 2–1 loss to Club Brugge at the King Baudouin Stadium. He made nine appearances that season in the Belgian Pro League, the first being on 18 January when he replaced Andy Najar for the last six minutes of a 3–0 win over Lierse S.K. at the Constant Vanden Stock Stadium.
On 23 July 2016, Leya Iseka joined Marseille in Ligue 1 on a season-long loan, a month after his brother Michy Batshuayi had left the club. However, he returned to Belgium at the start of January 2017 to find a new club he could be loaned out to, after Marseille announced they would not keep him; he was expected to join Mouscron but nothing came of it. He did not score in nine total matches for OM, but did feature and score more frequently for the reserves in CFA (fourth tier).
Leya Iseka was loaned to fellow top-flight team Zulte-Waregem for the season on 21 June 2017. On 22 July, he made his debut in the 2017 Belgian Super Cup, a 2–1 loss to his parent club, replacing Nill De Pauw for the final 11 minutes. He scored his first goal in a professional league on 5 August, a penalty in a 2–0 home win over Sint-Truidense. In the club's UEFA Europa League campaign, he scored twice in five matches, including a late winner in a 3–2 victory over Lazio at the Regenboogstadion.
On 29 June 2018, Iseka returned to Ligue 1, joining Toulouse FC for four seasons. He made his debut on 10 August in the season opener away to his former club Marseille, playing the full 90 minutes of a 4–0 loss at the Stade Vélodrome. Nine days later he scored his first goal for the club to open a 2–1 win over Bordeaux at the Stadium de Toulouse. On 30 September, he was sent off in the first half of a 1–1 draw at Rennes for dissent, and suspended for three matches.
Leya Iseka is the younger brother of Belgian international striker Michy Batshuayi, but bears the surname of their mother rather than their father. Aged 12, he suffered from Osgood–Schlatter disease, which affects the knee in adolescence, and had to take a break from football for several months.
- "OM : cinq choses à savoir sur Aaron Leya Iseka, le petit frère de Michy Batshuayi" [OM: five things to know about Aaron Leya Iseka, Michy Batshuayi's little brother] (in French). BFM. 27 August 2016. Retrieved 11 August 2018.
- Scholten, Berend (7 April 2015). "Aaron Leya Iseka – Belgium's latest prodigy". UEFA. Retrieved 11 August 2018.
- "Anderlecht vs. RC Mechelen - 3 December 2014 - Soccerway". soccerway.com. Retrieved 2014-12-06.
- "Anderlecht se qualifie avec panache" [Anderlecht qualify with panache]. L'essentiel (in French). 21 January 2015. Retrieved 11 August 2018.
- Vian, Meryll; Santiago, Antony (23 July 2016). "Aaron Leya Iseka est Olympien" [Aaron Leya Iseka is Olympian] (in French). Olympique de Marseille. Archived from the original on 1 November 2016. Retrieved 23 July 2016.
- Hamoir, Simon (5 January 2017). "Leya Iseka va débarquer à l'Excel Mouscron" [Leya Iseka will join Excel Mouscron] (in French). WalFoot. Retrieved 11 August 2018.
- "Anderlecht prête Aaron Leya Iseka à Zulte Waregem" [Anderlecht loan Aaron Leya Iseka to Zulte Waregem] (in French). Sud Info. 21 June 2017. Retrieved 11 August 2018.
- Van Houtte, Tom (5 August 2017). "Zulte Waregem zet 10 Truienaren opzij" [Zulte Waregem put 10-man Sint-Truidense aside]. KW (in Dutch). Retrieved 11 August 2018.
- "Zulte Waregem-Lazio 3–2. Leiva segna di tacco, la decide il mancino di Leya Iseka: gol e highlights" [Zulte-Waregem 3–2 Lazio. Leiva scores with backheel, Leya Iseka's left-footer decides: goals and highlights] (in Italian). Sky Sports. 7 December 2017. Retrieved 11 August 2018.
- "Aaron Leya Iseka signe à Toulouse". L'Équipe (in French). 29 June 2018. Retrieved 29 June 2018.
- "Payet centre stage as Marseille tame Toulouse". Ligue 1. 11 August 2018. Retrieved 11 August 2018.
- "Leya Iseka scoort beauty voor Toulouse, ex-speler van Standard zet gigantische misser recht". Nieuwsblad (in Dutch). 19 August 2018. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
- "L1 - Toulouse : Aaron Leya Iseka suspendu trois matchs après son coup de sang contre Rennes" (in French). Orange. 3 October 2018. Retrieved 6 February 2019.