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|Full Name||Fankaty Sheikam Dabo|
|Date of Birth||11 October 1995|
|Place of Birth||London, England|
|Chelsea career||2007 -|
|Other 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.
Fankaty joined Chelsea's academy as an Under-12.
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.
Youth and Development Football
|Season||Under-18||Euro U19||Dev Squad||Total|
|Club||Season||Prem||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Other||Total|
|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|
(Statistics accurate as of the end of the 2017-18 season)
- 2010 Sky Sports Victory Shield (England Under-16s)
- 2013-14 FA Youth Cup
- 2013-14 Under-21 Premier League
Fankaty's contract expires at the end of the 2018-19 season.1