Fankaty Dabo

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Fankaty Dabo
0Full Name Fankaty Sheikam Dabo
0Date of Birth 11 October 1995
0Place of Birth London, England
0Position Defender
0Chelsea career 2007 -
0Debut n/a
0Games (goals) n/a
0Other clubs Swindon Town (loan)
Vitesse Arnhem (loan)

Fankaty Dabo (born 11 October 1995 in London, England) is a versatile defender currently playing in Chelsea's academy teams.


Pre-Chelsea career

Fankaty joined Chelsea's academy as an Under-12.

Chelsea career

Fankaty made his Under-18 debut as an Under-15 at the back end of the 2010-11 season, scoring in his first appearance against Charlton Athletic, and made further appearances during 2011-12. Despite being commonly used as a defender in the Under-16 team, his early Under-18 outings came as an attacking wide player.

However, he returned to right-back on a full-time basis as a scholar in 2012-13 and quickly established himself as a leader and an integral part of the team. Later on in the season he made the step up to the Under-21 ranks, and once again did himself justice with a series of impressive performances. He continued to impress in 2013-14, staking a claim for regular starts at Under-21 level. He was a regular feature under Dermot Drummy as the team won the national title and also played a key role in the FA Youth Cup success at Under-18 level.

He continued his dependable and reliable displays as an Under-21 regular in 2014-15, dealing with the reduced schedule in being too old to play Youth Cup or UEFA Youth League football. He was also invited to join in with the full England squad for a training session during a mid-season Under-20 call-up. A regular captain of the Under-21s in 2015-16, he earned well-overdue recognition when he was handed a first-team squad number in April 2016 ahead of a trip to Swansea City, but he wasn't able to feature in the matchday squad.

He spent the first half of the 2016-17 season with the Development Squad again before finally joining the loan ranks, heading to Swindon for a five-month spell alongside Charlie Colkett and Islam Feruz. Playing mainly as a left-back, he earned the respect of the fans as the club were relegated, and he scored his first professional goal in a local derby against rivals Oxford United.

That was followed by a stint at Vitesse Arnhem in 2017-18, where he was initially a regular in the team at right-back, but eventually lost his starting place towards the end of the season.


Fankaty has been capped by England at Under-16, Under-17 and Under-20 levels. He remains eligible for Sierra Leone.

Career statistics

Youth and Development Football

Season Under-18 Euro U19 Dev Squad Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2010-11 1 1 - - 0 0 1 1
2011-12 3 0 - - 0 0 3 0
2012-13 21 1 4 0 7 0 32 1
2013-14 17 3 4 0 14 0 35 3
2014-15 - - - - 21 0 21 0
2015-16 - - - - 23 0 23 0
2016-17 - - - - 12 0 12 0
Total 42 5 8 0 65 0 127 5

First team

Club Season Prem FA Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Swindon Town (loan) 2016-17 15 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 1
Vitesse Arnhem (loan) 2017-18 27 0 1 0 0 0 4 0 1 0 33 0
Total 42 1 1 0 0 0 4 0 1 0 48 1

(Statistics accurate as of the end of the 2017-18 season)

Career honours


Fankaty's contract expires at the end of the 2018-19 season.1

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