William Troost-Ekong

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William Troost-Ekong
Troost-Ekong with Nigeria in 2017 against Argentina
Personal information
Full name William Paul Troost-Ekong[1]
Date of birth (1993-09-01) 1 September 1993 (age 30)[1]
Place of birth Haarlem, Netherlands
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)[2]
Position(s) Centre-back
Team information
Current team
PAOK
Number 15
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)
2020–2023 Watford 64 (2)
2023Salernitana (loan) 9 (1)
2023– PAOK 8 (0)
International career
2011 Netherlands U19 1 (0)
2013 Netherlands U20 2 (0)
2016 Nigeria U23 6 (0)
2015– Nigeria 64 (4)
Medal record
Men's football
Representing  Nigeria
Summer Olympics
Bronze medal – third place 2016 Rio de Janeiro
Africa Cup of Nations
Third place 2019 Egypt
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 21:45, 25 November 2023 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 22:10, 18 November 2022 (UTC)

William Paul Troost-Ekong (born 1 September 1993) is a professional footballer who plays as a centre-back for Greek Super League club PAOK and the Nigeria national team.

Born in the Netherlands into a mixed Dutch and Nigerian family, he was eligible for both the Netherlands and Nigeria in international football. He made his debut for Nigeria in 2015 and has since earned more than 60 caps.

Club career[edit]

Troost-Ekong attended secondary school at Hockerill Anglo-European College in Bishop’s Stortford, in England. He played football at youth level in England for Fulham and Tottenham Hotspur,[3] Troost-Ekong began his senior career in the Netherlands with FC Groningen and FC Dordrecht.[2][4]

After being linked abroad with transfers to Celtic among others,[3] he signed for Belgian club KAA Gent in July 2015 and was immediately loaned out to Norwegian club FK Haugesund.[5]

In July 2017, Troost-Ekong signed for Turkish Süper Lig club Bursaspor.[6]

On 17 August 2018, Troost-Ekong joined Italian Serie A club Udinese.[7] In his debut season in the Serie A, he made 35 league appearances and was booked four times, helping Udinese to 12th position.[8] The next season, Udinese finished 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 29 September 2020, Troost-Ekong signed for EFL Championship side Watford on a five-year contract deal.[9] He scored his first goal for the club in a 3–2 win over Coventry City on 7 November 2020.[10]

On 24 January 2023, Troost-Ekong signed for Serie A club Salernitana on a loan with the option to buy at the end of the season.[11]

International career[edit]

Troost-Ekong training with Nigeria in 2015

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,[3] 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.[12]

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.[13] In June 2018 he was named in Nigeria's 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.[14]

Troost-Ekong was named in the country's 23-man squad for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations,[15] where he scored an 89th-minute winner against South Africa to send his team through to the semi-finals on the way to a third-place finish.

He captained the Super Eagles in the delayed 2021 Africa Cup of Nations,[16] and was named in the tournament Technical Study Group's Best XI of the Group Stage,[17] scoring against Guinea-Bissau.[18] Nigeria went on to be knocked out by Tunisia in the following round.[19]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 3 June 2023[20]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Groningen 2013–14 Eredivisie 2 0 2 0
Dordrecht (loan) 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 (loan) 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 Belgian 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 0 0 33 1
2021–22 Premier League 17 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 18 0
2022–23 Championship 15 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 17 1
Total 64 2 3 0 1 0 0 0 68 2
Salernitana (loan) 2022–23 Serie A 9 1 9 1
PAOK 2023–24 Super League Greece 7 0 0 0 10[a] 0 17 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career total 235 9 13 1 0 0 6 0 255 10

International[edit]

As of match played 17 November 2022[12]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Nigeria 2015 4 0
2016 5 0
2017 7 0
2018 12 1
2019 14 1
2020 3 0
2021 8 0
2022 10 2
Total 63 4
Scores and results list Nigeria's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Troost-Ekong goal.[12]
List of international goals scored by William Troost-Ekong
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
3 19 January 2022 Roumdé Adjia Stadium, Garoua, Cameroon  Guinea-Bissau 2–0 2–0 2021 Africa Cup Of Nations
4 29 March 2022 Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja, Nigeria  Ghana 1–1 1–1 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification

Honours[edit]

Nigeria U23

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Olympic Football Tournaments Rio 2016 - Men | List of Players" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 25 July 2016. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 July 2016. Retrieved 22 January 2022.
  2. ^ a b William Troost-Ekong at Soccerway. Retrieved 28 July 2015.
  3. ^ a b c "Celtic eye Groningen defender William Troost-Ekong". The Scotsman. 12 March 2015. Retrieved 28 July 2015.
  4. ^ "Profile" (in Dutch). Voetbal International. Retrieved 28 July 2015.
  5. ^ Oluwashina Okeleji (28 July 2015). "Nigerian defender William Troost-Ekong joins Gent". BBC Sport. Retrieved 28 July 2015.
  6. ^ "Bursaspor Kulübü Resmi İnternet Sitesi". www.bursaspor.org.tr (in Turkish). Retrieved 8 July 2017.
  7. ^ "UFFICIALE: Udinese, ingaggiato Troost-Ekong" (in Italian). Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  8. ^ "Troost-Ekong Positive On Udinese Future After Escaping Relegation". Complete Sports. 27 March 2019. Retrieved 4 August 2019.
  9. ^ "Troost-Ekong Joins Watford". MySportDab. 30 September 2020. Retrieved 30 September 2020.
  10. ^ "Watford 3-2 Coventry". BBC. 7 November 2020. Retrieved 7 November 2020.
  11. ^ Adetunji, Joshua (24 January 2023). "Troost-Ekong confirms Watford departure". BBC Sport. Retrieved 24 January 2023.
  12. ^ a b c "William Troost-Ekong". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmermann. Retrieved 28 July 2015.
  13. ^ Oluwashina Okeleji (24 June 2016). "Kelechi Iheanacho included in Nigeria's Olympics squad". BBC Sport. Retrieved 25 June 2016.
  14. ^ Crawford, Stephen (4 June 2018). "Revealed: Every World Cup 2018 squad - Final 23-man lists". Goal. Retrieved 16 July 2019.
  15. ^ "Nigeria: Super Eagles' Team List for Afcon 2019". Vanguard (Nigeria). All Africa. 11 June 2019. Retrieved 21 July 2019.
  16. ^ "Afcon should '100% be more respected'". BBC Sport. Retrieved 22 February 2022.
  17. ^ "Moses, Troost-Ekong among Africa's Best 11 At AFCON". The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News. 23 January 2022. Retrieved 22 February 2022.
  18. ^ "William Troost-Ekong Game by Game Stats and Performance". ESPN. Retrieved 22 February 2022.
  19. ^ "Afcon last 16: Tunisia stun 10-man Nigeria after Burkina Faso beat Gabon". The Guardian. Reuters. 23 January 2022. Retrieved 22 February 2022.
  20. ^ "W. Troost-Ekong". Soccerway.

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