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Marcus Forss (born 18 June 1999) is a Finnish professional football forward who plays for English club Brentford. He is a product of the West Bromwich Albion academy and is a current Finland U21 international.

Marcus Forss
Personal information
Full name Marcus Forss[1]
Date of birth (1999-06-18) 18 June 1999 (age 20)
Place of birth Turku, Finland[2]
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)[2]
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Brentford
Number 33
Youth career
FC Ruskon Pallo
TuWe
FDS-Suomi
0000–2017 West Bromwich Albion
2017–2018 Brentford
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2018– Brentford 6 (1)
National team
Finland U17 4 (2)
2016–2017 Finland U18 5 (4)
2017–2018 Finland U19 6 (3)
2018– Finland U21 3 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:40, 5 May 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12:34, 26 March 2019 (UTC)

Contents

Club careerEdit

Early yearsEdit

A forward, Forss began his career in his native Finland with spells at FC Ruskon Pallo, TuWe and the FDS-Suomi football school.[3][4] He later moved to England to join the academy at Premier League club West Bromwich Albion and signed a two-year scholarship deal in 2015.[5] He was called into the U21 squad for two EFL Trophy matches in the first half of the 2016–17 season and made one appearance,[6] with a start in a 2–0 group stage defeat to Gillingham on 8 November 2016.[7] Forss was released when his scholarship ended in May 2017.[8]

BrentfordEdit

On 22 June 2017, Forss joined the B team at Championship club Brentford on a two-year contract.[8] After scoring 11 goals in his first 23 B team appearances, he signed a new three-and-a-half year contract in February 2018.[9] He finished the 2017–18 season as the B team's top scorer with 21 goals and won the team's Player of the Year award.[10] Forss was promoted into the first team squad for the 2018–19 season and despite missing five months of the campaign with a back injury,[11][12][13] he was a regular inclusion in matchday squads when fit and finished the season with 9 appearances and two goals.[14]

International careerEdit

Forss has been capped by Finland at U17, U18, U19 and U21 level.[8][15] He captained the U19 team,[16] but was not included in the squad for the 2018 European U19 Championship on home soil due to club commitments.[17]

Personal lifeEdit

Forss hails from a football family.[18] His father (Tero) and brother (Niclas) are both involved in football, as manager and player at BK-46 respectively and his grandfather is former Finland international Rainer Forss.[18]

HonoursEdit

Career statisticsEdit

As of match played 5 May 2019
Club statistics
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
West Bromwich Albion U21 2016–17[7] 1[a] 0 1 0
Brentford 2018–19[19] Championship 6 1 1 0 2 1 9 2
Career total 6 1 1 0 2 1 1 0 10 2
  1. ^ Appearance in EFL Trophy

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "List of Players under Written Contract Registered Between 01/06/2017 and 30/06/2017" (PDF). The FA. p. 4. Retrieved 31 January 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Marcus Forss :: Marcus Forss :: Brentford". www.thefinalball.com. Retrieved 12 January 2019.
  3. ^ "U19 (1999) maajoukkue | Suomen Palloliitto". www.palloliitto.fi. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  4. ^ "Int. Junior-Fussball Hallencup Schärding". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 22 June 2017.
  5. ^ Whaling, James. "See the full West Brom Premier League squad list". mirror. Retrieved 22 June 2017.
  6. ^ "Marcus Forss Player Profile – ESPN FC". www.espnfc.co.uk. Retrieved 22 June 2017.
  7. ^ a b "Games played by Marcus Forss in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 14 August 2018.
  8. ^ a b c "Brentford FC Brentford B add Marcus Forss to squad". Retrieved 22 June 2017.
  9. ^ "Brentford FC Marcus Forss signs new contract". Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  10. ^ a b "Marcus Forss scoops Mary Halder Award". Retrieved 13 June 2018.
  11. ^ "Mads and Marcus promoted to First Team". Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  12. ^ "Head of Medical Neil Greig provides an injury update". Retrieved 16 October 2018.
  13. ^ "Sheffield Wednesday vs Brentford preview". Sky Sports. Retrieved 27 February 2019.
  14. ^ "Marcus Forss Player Profile – ESPN FC". www.espnfc.com. Retrieved 16 October 2018.
  15. ^ Marcus Forss at Soccerway. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  16. ^ "Marcus Forss captains Finland Under-19". Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  17. ^ "Jaakko named in Finland Under-19 squad". Retrieved 12 July 2018.
  18. ^ a b "Två generationer Forss fortsätter i BK-46" (in Swedish). Retrieved 22 June 2017.
  19. ^ "Games played by Marcus Forss in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 14 August 2018.

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