Leke James

Leke James (born 1 November 1992) is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Molde FK in Eliteserien.

Leke James
Personal information
Full name Leke Samson James
Date of birth (1992-11-01) 1 November 1992 (age 27)
Place of birth Kaduna, Nigeria
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position(s) Forward
Club information
Current team
Molde
Number 10
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2011 Bridge Boys 45 (39)
2012–2015 Aalesund 90 (37)
2016–2017 Beijing Enterprises 26 (13)
2018– Molde 39 (22)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 June 2020

Club careerEdit

Early careerEdit

He started out his career in his native homeland playing for Bridge Boys.

AalesundEdit

He transferred to Aalesund on 6 January 2012.[1]

An injury obtained during pre-season hindered his path into the first team and he did not get back into full training until the start of July. On 26 July 2012 he made his first appearance for Aalesund coming on as a substitute at the start of the second half of the game versus Tirana in Europe League scoring twice in Aalesund's 5–0 win. On 29 July 2012 he made his debut in Tippeligaen and also started his first match, against Stabæk.

Beijing EnterprisesEdit

Between 2016 and 2017 he played for chinese club Beijing Enterprises in China League One.

MoldeEdit

On 30 April 2018, Molde FK announced the signing of James on a three-year contract.[2] He got his Molde debut on 26 July 2018 when he came on as a 67th minute substitute in Molde's 3–0 win against Laçi in the 2018–19 UEFA Europa League second qualifying round. James scored Molde's third goal in the game. On 22 June 2019, James scored a perfect hat-trick in the first half in Molde's 4–0 away win against Strømsgodset.[3] He scored with his right foot, left foot and his head and completed his hat-trick in 13 minutes and 45 seconds. On 11 July 2019, James scored his second hat-trick for the club, his first in UEFA competitions, in Molde's 7–1 win over KR in the UEFA Europa League first qualifying round.[4] James scored a brace in Molde's 4–0 win against Strømsgodset on Aker Stadion.[5] He scored the third and fourth goal of the game that secured Molde their fourth league title, his first. James finished the 2019 season scoring 24 goals in 38 matches in all competitions.

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of match played 28 June 2020[6][7]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Aalesund 2012 Tippeligaen 12 4 0 0 3[a] 2 15 6
2013 26 10 2 3 28 13
2014 23 10 3 1 26 11
2015 29 13 3 2 32 15
Total 90 37 8 6 3 2 101 45
Beijing Enterprises 2016 China League One 24 13 1 0 25 13
2017 2 0 0 0 2 0
Total 26 13 1 0 27 13
Molde 2018 Eliteserien 9 3 0 0 5[a] 1 14 4
2019 28 17 2 3 8[a] 4 0 0 38 24
2020 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2
Total 39 22 2 3 13 5 54 30
Career total 155 72 11 9 16 7 182 88
  1. ^ a b c Appearances in the Europa League

HonoursEdit

Molde

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Ny spiss klar for AaFK". smp.no (in Norwegian). A-pressen.
  2. ^ "LEKE JAMES ER MOLDE-SPILLER". moldefk.no (in Norwegian). Molde FK. 30 April 2018. Retrieved 30 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Lekestue da Pedersen fikk marerittstart som Godset-sjef". eurosport.no (in Norwegian). Eurosport. 22 June 2019. Retrieved 22 June 2019.
  4. ^ "Molde 7-1 KR". www.soccerway.com. Soccerway. 12 July 2019. Retrieved 11 July 2019.
  5. ^ "Gabrielsen i gullsjokk: - Jeg gikk bare rundt og tenkte...faen, nå skjer det". vg.no (in Norwegian). Verdens Gang. 10 November 2019. Retrieved 11 November 2019.
  6. ^ "Leke James". nifs.no (in Norwegian). A-pressen.
  7. ^ 莱克 at sodasoccer.com 2016-11-01 (in Chinese)

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