William Troost-Ekong

William Paul Troost-Ekong (born 1 September 1993) is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a defender for Championship side Watford.

William Troost-Ekong
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Troost-Ekong training with Nigeria in 2015
Personal information
Full name William Paul Troost-Ekong
Date of birth (1993-09-01) 1 September 1993 (age 27)
Place of birth Haarlem, Netherlands
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)[1]
Position(s) Centre back
Club information
Current team
Watford
Number 5
Youth career
2008–2010 Fulham
2010–2013 Tottenham Hotspur
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2015 Groningen 2 (0)
2014–2015Dordrecht (loan) 32 (0)
2015–2017 Gent 3 (0)
2015–2016Haugesund (loan) 37 (3)
2017–2018 Bursaspor 28 (3)
2018–2020 Udinese 65 (0)
2020– Watford 32 (1)
National team
2011 Netherlands U19 1 (0)
2013 Netherlands U20 2 (0)
2016 Nigeria U23 6 (0)
2015– Nigeria 47 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:19, 24 April 2021 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23:22, 17 November 2020 (UTC)

Born in the Netherlands into a mixed Dutch and Nigerian family and being eligible for both Netherlands and Nigeria in international football, he opted to represent the latter.

Club careerEdit

After playing football at youth level in England for Fulham and Tottenham Hotspur,[2] Troost-Ekong began his senior career in the Netherlands with FC Groningen and FC Dordrecht.[1][3]

After being linked abroad with transfers to Celtic among others,[2] he signed for Belgian club KAA Gent in July 2015 and was immediately loaned out to Norwegian club FK Haugesund.[4]

In July 2017, Troost-Ekong signed for Turkish Süper Lig club Bursaspor.[5]

On 17 August 2018, Troost-Ekong joined Italian Serie A club Udinese.[6] In his debut season in the Serie A, Troost-Ekong made 35 league appearances and was booked 4 times, helping Udinese to 12th position.[7] The next season, Udinese would finish 13th, albeit with two more points. Despite the team's relatively lacklustre league campaigns, Troost-Ekong started (and played for the full 90 minutes) in memorable victories against AC Milan and Juventus in his two seasons at Le Zebrette.

On September 29, 2020, William Troost-Ekong signed for EFL Championship side Watford on a five-year contract deal.[8] He scored his first goal for the club in a 3-2 win over Coventry City on 7 November 2020.[9]

International careerEdit

 
Troost-Ekong with Nigeria in 2017 against Argentina

Troost-Ekong was born in the Netherlands to a Dutch mother, Eleanore Troost and a Nigerian father. He has two siblings, Emily and Everest.

Despite representing the Netherlands at under-19 and under-20 youth levels,[2] Troost-Ekong eventually chose to represent Nigeria.

He made his senior international debut for the Super Eagles on 13 June 2015, playing 90 minutes in an AFCON qualifying match against Chad.[10]

He made three starts for the senior team in 2016 before being selected for Nigeria's under-23 team in their 35-man provisional squad for the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics.[11]

In June 2018 he was named in Nigeria's 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.[12]

In April 2019 he said that playing for Nigeria was his "best decision ever".[13] In June 2019, he was named in the country's 23-man squad for the Africa Cup of Nations,[14] where he would score an 89th-minute winner against South Africa to send his team through to the semi-finals on the way to a third-place finish.

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of match played 24 April 2021[15]
Club Season League League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Groningen 2013–14 Eredivisie 2 0 2 0
Dordrecht 2013–14 Eerste Divisie 10 0 1 0 11 0
2014–15 Eredivisie 22 0 1 0 23 0
Total 32 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 34 0
Haugesund 2015 Eliteserien 13 0 13 0
2016 24 3 4 1 28 4
Total 37 3 4 1 0 0 0 0 41 4
Gent 2016–17 Pro League 3 0 0 0 5 0 8 0
Bursaspor 2017–18 Süper Lig 27 2 4 0 31 2
2018–19 1 1 0 0 1 1
Total 28 3 4 0 0 0 0 0 32 3
Udinese 2018–19 Serie A 35 0 0 0 35 0
2019–20 30 0 1 0 31 0
Total 65 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 66 0
Watford 2020–21 Championship 32 1 1 0 0 0 33 1
Career total 199 7 11 1 0 0 6 0 216 8

InternationalEdit

As of match played 17 November 2020.[10]
Nigeria
Year Apps Goals
2015 4 0
2016 5 0
2017 7 0
2018 12 1
2019 14 1
2020 3 0
Total 45 2

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Nigeria's goal tally first.[10]
No Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 28 May 2018 Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, Port Harcourt, Nigeria   DR Congo 1–0 1–1 Friendly
2. 10 July 2019 Cairo International Stadium, Cairo, Egypt   South Africa 2–1 2–1 2019 Africa Cup of Nations

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b William Troost-Ekong at Soccerway. Retrieved 28 July 2015.
  2. ^ a b c "Celtic eye Groningen defender William Troost-Ekong". The Scotsman. 12 March 2015. Retrieved 28 July 2015.
  3. ^ "Profile" (in Dutch). Voetbal International. Retrieved 28 July 2015.
  4. ^ Oluwashina Okeleji (28 July 2015). "Nigerian defender William Troost-Ekong joins Gent". BBC Sport. Retrieved 28 July 2015.
  5. ^ "Bursaspor Kulübü Resmi İnternet Sitesi". www.bursaspor.org.tr (in Turkish). Retrieved 8 July 2017.
  6. ^ "UFFICIALE: Udinese, ingaggiato Troost-Ekong" (in Italian). Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  7. ^ "Troost-Ekong Positive On Udinese Future After Escaping Relegation". Complete Sports. 27 March 2019. Retrieved 4 August 2019.
  8. ^ "Troost-Ekong Joins Watford". MySportDab. 30 September 2020. Retrieved 30 September 2020.
  9. ^ "Watford 3-2 Coventry". BBC. 7 November 2020. Retrieved 7 November 2020.
  10. ^ a b c "William Troost-Ekong". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 28 July 2015.
  11. ^ Oluwashina Okeleji (24 June 2016). "Kelechi Iheanacho included in Nigeria's Olympics squad". BBC Sport. Retrieved 25 June 2016.
  12. ^ Crawford, Stephen (4 June 2018). "Revealed: Every World Cup 2018 squad - Final 23-man lists". Goal. Retrieved 16 July 2019.
  13. ^ "William Troost-Ekong: 'Playing for Nigeria best decision ever'". BBC Sport. 6 April 2019.
  14. ^ "Nigeria: Super Eagles' Team List for Afcon 2019". Vanguard (Nigeria). All Africa. 11 June 2019. Retrieved 21 July 2019.
  15. ^ "William Troost-Ekong". Soccerway.

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