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Adil Nabi (born 28 February 1994) is an English professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for OFI Crete.

Adil Nabi
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Nabi playing for West Bromwich Albion in 2015
Personal information
Date of birth (1994-02-28) 28 February 1994 (age 25)
Place of birth Aston, Birmingham, England
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
OFI Crete
Number 30
Youth career
2002–2013 West Bromwich Albion
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2016 West Bromwich Albion 0 (0)
2015Delhi Dynamos (loan) 9 (3)
2016–2018 Peterborough United 8 (0)
2018Nuneaton Town (loan) 5 (0)
2018–2019 Dundee 12 (1)
2019– OFI Crete 7 (3)
National team
2009 England U16 2 (0)
2010–2011 England U17 9 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 March 2019

He was an academy product at West Bromwich Albion, but never made a first-team appearance. Nabi was the first player to be loaned from the Premier League to the Indian Super League, playing in the 2015 season for the Delhi Dynamos. In January 2016, he joined Peterborough United, where he played 10 total games in two years before a loan to Nuneaton Town. Nabi then had a short spell with Scottish club Dundee.

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CareerEdit

West Bromwich AlbionEdit

Born in Aston, Birmingham, Nabi joined the academy of West Bromwich Albion as an eight-year-old.[1] After rising through the academy ranks, he signed his first professional contract with the club in 2011.[1] He was named in a matchday squad for the first time on 12 January 2013 in an away Premier League match at Reading, remaining unused as West Brom lost 3–2.[2] After the 2014–15 season, Nabi was named Albion's Young Player of the Season.[3] For the under-21 team, he recorded 26 goals and 12 assists in 73 games.[4]

Delhi Dynamos (loan)Edit

On 28 August 2015 it was announced that Nabi would be loaned to the Delhi Dynamos of the Indian Super League for the 2015 season.[5] West Brom board member Adrian Wright stated that the move was for the benefit of all parties, rather than speculation that it was to increase the club's commercial interests in India.[4] Nabi was the first player to be loaned from a Premier League club to an ISL team.[6] His teammates included UEFA Champions League winners Roberto Carlos, John Arne Riise and Florent Malouda, the first of whom was player-manager.[7]

On 4 October, he made his professional debut for the Dynamos in their opening match of the season against Goa at the Fatorda Stadium, coming on as a 73rd-minute substitute for Chicão as they fell 2–0.[8] He played only 31 minutes of the first five matches of the season for the capital-based team, but said that he was experiencing a personal growth which would not have been possible had he been loaned to a lower-league English club.[6] On 19 November, he scored his first professional goal, opening a 3–1 win over FC Pune City at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.[9]

He added a second on 3 December, as the team who had already qualified for the play-offs came from behind to achieve a 3–3 home draw against Kerala Blasters.[10] In the last game of the regular season three days later, he scored again in a 2–3 loss to Goa,[11] and finished the season with 3 goals from 11 games as they were eliminated by the same team in the semi-finals; he was sent off for dissent on 15 December in a 3–0 away loss in the second leg.[12]

Peterborough UnitedEdit

On 21 January 2016, Nabi joined Peterborough United for an undisclosed fee, signing a contract lasting until 2019.[13] Two days later, as a 57th-minute substitute for Erhun Oztumer, he made his debut in English football, in the Posh's 2–1 loss to Gillingham in League One.[14] On 13 February, he made his first start for the team, in their 0–4 loss to Bradford City at London Road.[15] Speaking in January 2017, Director of Football Barry Fry said that: "Nabi was all set to go to Port Vale, but they sacked their manager (Bruno Ribeiro) and the caretaker-boss (Michael Brown) there is not so keen".[16]

On 3 February 2018, having gone 14 months without an appearance – with that being a dead rubber EFL Trophy game against Walsall – Nabi was loaned to National League North strugglers Nuneaton Town for the rest of the season.[17] He played five games for them as a substitute, and did not score.[18]

DundeeEdit

Following his release from Peterborough, Nabi trained in the summer of 2018 at Dundee, and on 2 August he signed a six-month contract.[18] He made his debut for the Scottish Premiership club nine days later, as a half-time substitute for Lewis Spence at home to Aberdeen, and forced a save in the 1–0 loss.[19] He made ten appearances for the Dee, scoring once to open a 2–1 home loss to Kilmarnock on 6 October.[20] Nabi was released by Dundee in December 2018, at the end of his contract.[21]

OFI CreteEdit

In January 2019, Nabi announced on Twitter that he had signed for OFI Crete.[22] He described the move as "crazy".[7] In his debut against Panetolikos on 20 January, he scored two free kicks in a 3-0 home win.[23][7] He was named Superleague Greece's player of the week, and satellite channel Nova Sport named his goal as the best in Europe that week.[7]

Style of playEdit

West Bromwich Albion academy manager Mark Harrison stated in November 2015 that Nabi was equally as gifted in technical and finishing abilities as the team's first-choice striker Saido Berahino, who had partnered Nabi at youth level.[24]

Personal lifeEdit

Nabi is of Pakistani descent.[5] His younger brothers Samir and Rahis Nabi are also professional footballers, having progressed through West Brom's academy.[25][26] He is a practising Muslim and has been provided Halal food by all of his clubs.[7]

Career statisticsEdit

As of match played 9 December 2018
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Delhi Dynamos (loan) 2015[27] Indian Super League 9 3 0 0 2[a] 0 11 3
Total 9 3 0 0 0 0 2 0 11 3
Peterborough United 2015–16[28] League One 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
2016–17[29] 2 0 0 0 0 0 2[b] 0 4 0
2017–18[30] 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 8 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 10 0
Nuneaton Town (loan) 2017–18 National League 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Total 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Dundee 2018–19 Scottish Premiership 9 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 10 1
Total 9 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 10 1
Career total 31 4 0 0 1 0 4 0 36 4
  1. ^ Appearances in the Indian Super League finals
  2. ^ Appearances in the EFL Trophy

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "'I'll return from India experience a different person'". Premier League. 5 September 2015. Archived from the original on 6 October 2015. Retrieved 6 October 2015.
  2. ^ Oscroft, Tim (12 January 2013). "Reading 3-2 West Brom". BBC Sport. Retrieved 5 December 2015.
  3. ^ "Adil Nabi named Albion Young Player of the Season". Express and Star. 27 May 2015. Retrieved 6 October 2015.
  4. ^ a b Stuart, Paul (10 September 2015). "Adil Nabi's loan to Delhi not commercially driven, says West Brom's marketing boss". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 19 November 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Adil Nabi: West Bromwich Albion loan striker to Delhi Dynamos". BBC Sport. 28 August 2015. Retrieved 6 October 2015.
  6. ^ a b "Adil Nabi struggling to get minutes at Delhi Dynamos". Express & Star. BBC Sport. 26 October 2015. Retrieved 19 November 2015.
  7. ^ a b c d e Hafez, Shamoon (4 February 2019). "Adil Nabi: Ex-West Brom midfielder on playing with Roberto Carlos, Greece & inspiring youngsters". BBC Sport. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  8. ^ Bilgi, Sumedh (4 October 2015). "Indian Super League: FC Goa 2-0 Delhi Dynamos: Hosts get off to a winning start". Goal.com. Retrieved 6 December 2015.
  9. ^ "ISL 2015: Dominant Delhi Dynamos conquer FC Pune City 3-1". Zee News. 19 November 2015. Retrieved 19 November 2015.
  10. ^ Bali, Rahul (3 December 2015). "Indian Super League: Delhi Dynamos 3-3 Kerala Blasters: Sehnaj screamer rescues a point". BBC Sport. Retrieved 5 December 2015.
  11. ^ Mitra, Atanu (6 December 2015). "Indian Super League: Delhi Dynamos 2-3 FC Goa: Romeo brace sparks comeback win for the Gaurs". Goal.com. Retrieved 6 December 2015.
  12. ^ Trehan, Dev (15 December 2015). "West Brom's Adil Nabi sent off in last game on loan in India". Sky Sports. Retrieved 8 April 2016.
  13. ^ "Peterborough United sign Harry Toffolo and Adil Nabi". BBC Sport. 21 January 2016. Retrieved 24 January 2016.
  14. ^ "Gillingham 2-1 Peterborough". BBC Sport. 23 January 2016. Retrieved 24 January 2016.
  15. ^ Swann, Alan (13 February 2016). "POSH REPORT: Peterborough United 0, Bradford City 4: One bad defeat doesn't kill a season". Peterborough Telegraph. Retrieved 24 February 2016.
  16. ^ Swann, Alan (13 January 2017). "TRANSFER NEWS: Premier League club chase Leo, offers for strikers, Nabi deal collapses, £2.5 million bid for Maddison". Peterborough Today. Retrieved 13 January 2017.
  17. ^ Swann, Alan (3 February 2018). "BREAKING NEWS: Forgotten midfielder leaves Peterborough United". Peterborough Telegraph. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  18. ^ a b "Adil Nabi: Dundee sign former Peterborough forward on six-month deal". BBC Sport. 2 August 2018. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  19. ^ Lewis, Jane (11 August 2018). "Dundee 0–1 Aberdeen". BBC Sport. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  20. ^ McCafferty, Gavin (6 October 2018). "Dundee 1 Kilmarnock 2 as Eamonn Brophy keeps his cool to bag controversial penalty winner". Daily Record. Retrieved 31 January 2019.
  21. ^ "Dundee: Andy Boyle, Calvin Miller & Adil Nabi leave Dens Park". BBC Sport. 30 December 2018. Retrieved 31 December 2018.
  22. ^ Nabi, Adil [@NabiAdil] (7 January 2019). "Happy to announce I've signed for OFI CRETE in the Greece super league! New adventure in my career that I'm very much so excited for! #oficrete @Super_League_GRpic.twitter.com/sqpif7uF0e" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  23. ^ "ΟΦΗ - Παναιτωλικός 3-0: Ξέσπασε με Ναμπί και Βουό και βγήκε εκτός επικίνδυνης ζώνης" (in Greek). Sport 24. 20 January 2019.
  24. ^ "Adil Nabi 'as good a finisher' as Berahino". Express & Star. 17 November 2015. Retrieved 19 November 2015.
  25. ^ "Nabi brothers tipped for Premier League success at West Brom". Sky Sports. 17 April 2014. Retrieved 20 October 2015.
  26. ^ "A Nabi hat-trick for the Albion academy". Express & Star. 17 November 2015. Retrieved 24 February 2016.
  27. ^ Adil Nabi at Soccerway. Retrieved 18 September 2017.
  28. ^ "Games played by Adil Nabi in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 15 July 2017.
  29. ^ "Games played by Adil Nabi in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 15 July 2017.
  30. ^ "Games played by Adil Nabi in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 18 September 2017.

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