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Aaron Tshibola (born 2 January 1995) is a professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Waasland Beveren in the Belgian First Division A.

Aaron Tshibola
Personal information
Full name Aaron Tshibola[1]
Date of birth (1995-01-02) 2 January 1995 (age 24)[2]
Place of birth Newham, England
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)[2]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Waasland Beveren
Number 6
Youth career
2008–2013 Reading
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2016 Reading 13 (0)
2015Hartlepool United (loan) 23 (0)
2016–2019 Aston Villa 8 (1)
2017Nottingham Forest (loan) 4 (0)
2017Milton Keynes Dons (loan) 12 (0)
2018–2019Kilmarnock (loan) 37 (1)
2019– Waasland Beveren 0 (0)
National team
2013 England U18 1 (0)
2018– DR Congo 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10:50, 14 June 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 27 March 2018

Tshibola was born in London and came through the youth ranks at Reading before moving to Aston Villa in 2016. He represented England at U18 level in 2013 but has since been called up by DR Congo and played in a friendly match for the side in March 2018. He has had loan spells at English Football League sides Hartlepool United, Nottingham Forest and Milton Keynes Dons, as well as Scottish Premier League side Kilmarnock.

Early lifeEdit

Tshibola was born in the London Borough of Newham in England.[3]

Club careerEdit

ReadingEdit

Tshibola joined Reading's academy at age thirteen[4] and signed his first professional deal with the club in March 2011.[5] While in the Reading Academy, Tshibola went on trial with Manchester United.[6]

Ahead of the 2014–15 season, Tshibola signed a new contract with Reading, keeping him at the club until 2016.[7] Then on 23 August 2014, he made his professional debut as an 86th-minute substitute in a Championship fixture against Nottingham Forest.[8]

On 9 September 2015, Tshibola extended his contract with Reading until the summer of 2019.[9]

On 2 January 2015, he moved to League Two side Hartlepool United on a one-month loan deal,[10] before making his debut the next day in a 1–0 loss against Wycombe Wanderers.[11] His first four appearances at the club earned Tshibola a loan extension until the end of the season.[12] His loan spell extension led manager Ronnie Moore to thank Tshibola for his commitment at Hartlepool United.[13] He was then awarded Man of the match, in a 3–2 win over Plymouth Argyle after an impressive performance when he assisted one of the goals in the game.[14]

Aston VillaEdit

On 10 July 2016, Tshibola moved to Aston Villa on a four-year contact, for an undisclosed fee.[15] He scored his first goal for the club in a 1–1 draw with Newcastle United on 24 September 2016.[16] On 30 January 2017, Tshibola moved to Nottingham Forest on loan for the remainder of the 2016–17 season.[17]

On 27 July 2017, Tshibola joined EFL League One side Milton Keynes Dons on a season-long loan deal.[18] He scored his first goal for MK Dons in an EFL Trophy tie against Brighton & Hove Albion Under-23s on 29 August 2017.[19] On 9 November 2017 he returned to Aston Villa following the mutual termination of his loan with Milton Keynes Dons.[20]

KilmarnockEdit

Tshibola was loaned to Scottish Premiership club Kilmarnock in January 2018, working under his former Reading manager Steve Clarke.[21] [22] He made his debut for Killie on 3 February 2018, as a 65th minute substitute for Kris Boyd in the Ayrshire side's 1-0 win over Scottish Premiership Champions Celtic. [23] Tshibola scored his first Kilmarnock goal in the 4-0 Scottish Cup win over Brora Rangers the following week. [24] After six months, he returned to Aston Villa, only to be loaned back out to Kilmarnock for another season on 29 August 2018.[25]

Waasland BeverenEdit

On 29 August 2019, Tshibola signed for Belgian club Waasland Beveren for an undisclosed fee.[26]

International careerEdit

Tshibola was called up by England U18 and made his debut, coming on as a substitute in the second half, in a 1–0 loss against Belgium on 5 March 2013.[27]

He is also eligible to represent The Democratic Republic of the Congo due to his ancestry.[28] He was called up to the DR Congo national football team for a friendly against Kenya on 26 March 2017, but did not make an appearance.[29] On 27 March 2018, he finally made his senior international debut for DR Congo, playing 45 minutes in a friendly against Tanzania.[30]

Career statisticsEdit

As of 15 April 2019
Appearance 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
Reading 2013–14[31] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2014–15[32] Championship 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2015–16[33] Championship 12 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 16 0
Total 13 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 17 0
Hartlepool United (loan) 2014–15[32] League Two 23 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 23 0
Aston Villa 2016–17[34] Championship 8 1 1 0 1 0 10 1
2017–18[35] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 8 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 10 1
Nottingham Forest (loan) 2016–17[34] Championship 4 0 4 0
Milton Keynes Dons (loan) 2017–18[35] League One 12 0 0 0 2 0 2[a] 1 16 1
Kilmarnock (loan) 2017–18[35] Scottish Premiership 12 0 2 1 0 0 14 1
2018–19[36] Scottish Premiership 25 1 2 0 0 0 27 1
Total 37 1 4 1 0 0 0 0 41 2
Career total 97 2 6 1 6 0 2 1 111 4
  1. ^ Appearances in the EFL Trophy

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Clubs submit retained and released lists". The Premier League. Archived from the original on 13 July 2013. Retrieved 5 September 2014.
  2. ^ a b "A. Tshibola: Summary". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 14 June 2019.
  3. ^ "Player search". English National Football Archive. Retrieved 11 December 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Aaron Tshibola". Reading F.C. Archived from the original on 8 October 2014. Retrieved 23 August 2014.
  5. ^ "Tanner and Tshibola sign on". Reading F.C. Archived from the original on 5 March 2011. Retrieved 28 March 2015.
  6. ^ "MAN UTD TRIALS FOR READING ACADEMY PAIR". Tribal Football. Retrieved 28 March 2015.
  7. ^ "Transfer news: Reading midfielder Aaron Tshibola signs new two-year deal". Sky Sports. 20 June 2014. Retrieved 28 March 2015.
  8. ^ "Nottingham Forest 4–0 Reading". BBC Sport. Retrieved 5 October 2014.
  9. ^ "Aaron Tshibola awarded new Royals contract". readingfc.co.uk/. Reading F.C. 9 September 2015. Retrieved 9 September 2015.
  10. ^ "Tshibola joins Hartlepool on loan". Reading F.C. 2 January 2015. Archived from the original on 5 January 2015.
  11. ^ "Wycombe Wanderers 1–0 Hartlepool United". BBC Sport. 3 January 2015. Retrieved 28 March 2015.
  12. ^ "Tshibola extends Hartlepool loan". Reading F.C. 29 January 2015. Archived from the original on 28 March 2015. Retrieved 28 March 2015.
  13. ^ "Hartlepool boss Ronnie Moore thanks Aaron Tshibola for loyalty". BBC Sport. 3 February 2015. Retrieved 28 March 2015.
  14. ^ "Loan Round Up: Tshibola man of the match". Reading F.C. 4 February 2015. Archived from the original on 28 March 2015. Retrieved 28 March 2015.
  15. ^ "Tshibola completes Villa Park move". readingfc.co.uk. Reading F.C. 10 July 2016. Retrieved 10 July 2016.
  16. ^ "Aston Villa 1–1 Newcastle". BBC. 24 September 2016. Retrieved 27 September 2016.
  17. ^ "Tshibola joins The Reds". nottinghamforest.co.uk. Nottingham Forest. 30 January 2017. Retrieved 30 January 2017.
  18. ^ "Aston Villa midfielder joins League One side on season-long loan". Birmingham Mail. 27 July 2017. Retrieved 27 July 2017.
  19. ^ "REPORT: MK Dons 2-0 Brighton U21s: Routine win in Checkatrade Trophy". miltonkeynes.co.uk. 29 August 2017. Retrieved 30 August 2017.
  20. ^ "Aaron Tshibola: Aston Villa midfielder's loan with MK Dons is cancelled". BBC Sport. 9 November 2017. Retrieved 14 November 2017.
  21. ^ "Aaron Tshibola: Kilmarnock sign Aston Villa midfielder on loan". BBC Sport. BBC. 29 January 2018. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  22. ^ https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/sport/football/transfer-news/what-aston-villas-forgotten-man-15081512
  23. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/42842297
  24. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/42927889
  25. ^ "Aaron Tshibola rejoins Kilmarnock on season-long loan". Aston Villa FC. 29 August 2018. Retrieved 29 August 2018.
  26. ^ "WELKOM, AARON TSHIBOLA!". Waasland Beveren. Retrieved 29 August 2019.
  27. ^ "Trio make England bow". Reading F.C. 6 March 2013. Archived from the original on 28 March 2015. Retrieved 28 March 2015.
  28. ^ "The Aaron Tshibola Interview". SB Nation.com. Retrieved 10 July 2016.
  29. ^ "Amical Kenya-RD Congo: La liste des 24 Léopards". 20 March 2017.
  30. ^ "TANZANIA VS. CONGO DR (Match report)". Soccerway. 27 March 2018. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
  31. ^ "Games played by Aaron Tshibola in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 5 September 2014.
  32. ^ a b "Games played by Aaron Tshibola in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 19 August 2014.
  33. ^ "Games played by Aaron Tshibola in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  34. ^ a b "Games played by Aaron Tshibola in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  35. ^ a b c "Games played by Aaron Tshibola in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  36. ^ "Games played by Aaron Tshibola in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 17 March 2019.

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