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Zach Paul John Clough (born 8 March 1995) is an English professional footballer who plays for Nottingham Forest, as a striker. He can also play as an attacking midfielder.

Zach Clough
Personal information
Full name Zach Paul John Clough[1]
Date of birth (1995-03-08) 8 March 1995 (age 24)[2]
Place of birth Denton, England
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)[3][deprecated source]
Playing position Forward, Attacking Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Nottingham Forest
Number 39
Youth career
2003–2013 Bolton Wanderers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2017 Bolton Wanderers 58 (21)
2017– Nottingham Forest 27 (4)
2018Bolton Wanderers (loan) 9 (1)
2018–2019Rochdale (loan) 9 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10:32, 23 April 2019 (UTC)

CareerEdit

Bolton WanderersEdit

Born in Denton, Greater Manchester, Clough came through the Bolton Wanderers academy having joined the club at the age of 8. He made his debut for the first team aged 19 on 3 January 2015 when he started and scored the winning goal in a 1–0 home win against local rivals Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup 3rd round.[4][5] After the match Bolton manager Neil Lennon described Clough as a special player.[6] Two days later he was rewarded with a contract extension until 2017.[7] He scored two goals on his senior league debut on 31 January against Wolverhampton Wanderers in a 2–2 draw.[8] Clough won the penalty that gave Icelandic striker Eiður Guðjohnsen the opportunity to score the opening goal in a 1–2 loss at home to Liverpool in an FA Cup fourth round replay, after the match Fabrice Muamba described him as the best player on the pitch.[3][9]

On 28 February 2015, Clough scored a 6th goal in 9 games in a match against Brighton to make him Bolton's leading scorer for the 2014–15 season. However, in a league match, at home to Reading, he was one of three Bolton players to go off injured in the first half.[10][deprecated source] His injury, a dislocated shoulder, prevented him playing for the remainder of the season.[11] After scoring five goals in October 2016, Zach Clough was named League One player of the month.[12]

Nottingham ForestEdit

On 30 January 2017, Clough transferred to Nottingham Forest on a four and a half year deal for an undisclosed fee, reported by the Nottingham Post to be over £3,000,000.[13][14] Clough made his debut for Forest on 4 February, starting a 2–1 victory over Aston Villa.[15] His first goals for the club came in a 3-0 victory over eventual runners-up Brighton, albeit with Brighton's players claiming that Clough's opener came off the head of Britt Assombalonga, who had been stood in an offside position.[16] On 18 March Clough opened the scoring in the local derby match with fierce rivals Derby County, in an eventual 2-2 draw between the sides.[17]

Return to Bolton Wanderers (loan)Edit

On transfer deadline day on 31 January 2018, Clough returned to Bolton on loan until the end of the season, joined by Forest teammate Tyler Walker;[18] Clough replaced Walker after 58 minutes in their 1–0 victory over Bristol City to make his second Bolton début.[19]

Rochdale (loan)Edit

On loan deadline day on 31 August 2018, Clough signed on loan for Rochdale until January 2019.[20] He scored on his debut for Rochdale in a 2-1 EFL Trophy win over Bury on 4 September 2018.[21] On 31 January 2019, Clough rejoined Rochdale on loan for the rest of the 2018-19 season.[22]

Career statisticsEdit

As of match played 13 April 2019
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Bolton Wanderers 2014–15[23] Championship 8 5 2 1 0 0 10 6
2015–16[24] Championship 28 7 0 0 1 0 29 7
2016–17[25] League One 23 9 4 0 0 0 2[a] 0 29 9
Total 59 21 6 1 1 0 2 0 68 22
Nottingham Forest 2016–17[25] Championship 14 4 0 0 0 0 14 4
2017–18[26] Championship 13 0 2 0 2 0 17 0
Total 27 4 2 0 2 0 0 0 31 4
Bolton Wanderers (loan) 2017–18[26] Championship 9 1 9 1
Rochdale (loan) 2018–19[27] League One 9 0 1 0 0 0 3[a] 1 13 1
Career total 103 26 9 1 3 0 5 1 120 28
Notes
  1. ^ a b Appearance(s) in the EFL Trophy.

HonoursEdit

Individual

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Notification of shirt numbers: Nottingham Forest" (PDF). English Football League. p. 49. Retrieved 24 October 2019.
  2. ^ "Bolton Wanderers FC Development Squad and Under-18 Profiles". bwfc.co.uk.
  3. ^ a b "Zach Clough starred for Bolton in the FA Cup defeat by Liverpool... but who is the 19-year-old? – Daily Mail Online". Mail Online.
  4. ^ "Zach Clough". Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 16 June 2015.
  5. ^ "BBC Sport – Bolton Wanderers 1–0 Wigan Athletic". BBC Sport.
  6. ^ "FA Cup roundup: Bolton's debutant Zach Clough shines in win over Wigan". the Guardian.
  7. ^ @OfficialBWFC. "Zach Clough signs contract extension". bwfc.co.uk.
  8. ^ "Bolton 2–1 Wolves". bbc.co.uk. BBC. 31 January 2015. Retrieved 31 January 2015.
  9. ^ Match Report. "Match Report". bwfc.co.uk.
  10. ^ "Bolton Wanderers boss Neil Lennon blasts 'appalling' referee". Mail Online.
  11. ^ "BBC Sport – Bolton: Giles Coke joins on loan, Zach Clough out for season". BBC Sport.
  12. ^ a b "Zach Clough named Sky Bet League One October Player of the Month". bwfc.co.uk. 11 November 2016. Retrieved 24 September 2019.
  13. ^ "Zach Clough makes Nottingham Forest switch". bwfc.co.uk. 31 January 2017. Retrieved 1 February 2017.
  14. ^ "From rejecting Manchester United to going to the same school as Mick Hucknall. Who is Zach Clough?". Nottingham Post. 2 February 2017.
  15. ^ "Forest 2–1 Aston Villa". Nottingham Forest Official. 4 February 2017.
  16. ^ "Forest 3-0 Brighton". Nottingham Forest Football Club Official Website. 4 March 2017.
  17. ^ "Forest 2-2 Derby". Nottingham Forest Football Club Official Website. 18 March 2017.
  18. ^ "Zach Clough, Tyler Walker, Reece Burke and Jon Flanagan: Bolton sign four". BBC Sport. 1 February 2018. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
  19. ^ "Championship: Bolton Wanderers 1-0 Bristol City - Live". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 2 February 2018. Retrieved 3 February 2018.
  20. ^ "Zach Clough Joins Rochdale On Loan". Rochdale A.F.C. 31 August 2018. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  21. ^ "Match Report: Rochdale 2-1 Bury". buryfc.co.uk. 4 September 2018. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  22. ^ "Rochdale Resecure Zach Clough On Loan From Nottingham Forest". 31 January 2019. Retrieved 2 February 2019.
  23. ^ "Games played by Zach Clough in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 24 September 2019.
  24. ^ "Games played by Zach Clough in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 24 September 2019.
  25. ^ a b "Games played by Zach Clough in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 24 September 2019.
  26. ^ a b "Games played by Zach Clough in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 24 September 2019.
  27. ^ "Games played by Zach Clough in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 24 September 2019.

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