Ola Aina

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Ola Aina
0Full Name Temitayo Olufisayo Olaoluwa Aina
0Date of Birth 8th October 1996
0Place of Birth London, England
0Position Defender
0Chelsea career 2007 - 2019
0Debut 23 August 2016
0Games (goals) 6 (0)
0Other clubs Hull City (loan)

Ola Aina is a defender who played for Chelsea until 2019.


Pre-Chelsea career

Ola joined Chelsea at Under-11 after a successful trial.

Chelsea career

Ola made his Under-18 debut as an Under-16 in November 2012. He impressed in his first few appearances and earned starts in both legs of the Semi Final and Final of the 2012-13 FA Youth Cup, despite having a number of older alternatives ahead of him in the theoretical pecking order.

He continued to impress at right-back in the first half of the 2013-14 season, including spending time with the Under-21 squad and earning a professional contract upon his 17th birthday in October. The longer the season went on the more responsibility he was given; featuring at both full-back spots during the run to the FA Youth Cup Final and then being given his first starts at Under-21 level against Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United in a relatively unfamiliar position of centre-back. He passed with flying colours as Chelsea won the Under-21 Premier League title.

A regular across all competitions in 2014-15, he made his mark again as another FA Youth Cup followed, as did the 2014-15 UEFA Youth League crown. As reward for a fine season, he joined the first team squad on the post-season tour of Thailand and Australia. An England Under-21 call-up kicked off his 2015-16 season, as did pre-season first-team appearances under Jose Mourinho, but as rumours of a contract dispute emerged he was allegedly frozen out of first-team affairs. He remained a force at Under-21 level and won his second UEFA Youth League as a leader in a young team.

In 2016-17, he made something of a breakthrough under Antonio Conte, making his senior debut in a League Cup win over Bristol Rovers, but he only managed six appearances across all competitions in a title-winning season. Keen for more football, he departed on his first loan move in 2017-18 and joined Hull City along with fellow blues Fikayo Tomori and Michael Hector. He made almost fifty appearances in all competitions and was second only to Ryan Sessegnon of Fulham in minutes played by players aged 21 and under in the Championship.

That led to a spell in Serie A for 2018-19, where he joined up with Torino, in a deal that came with a €10m option to buy. He impressed, playing at either wing-back spot in a 3-4-3 but mostly on the left, and Torino duly purchased him outright in June 2019, bringing his time with Chelsea to an end.


Ola was capped by England at every level up to Under-20 whilst receiving an uncapped Under-21 call-up. However, in 2017, he accepted an invitation to represent Nigeria, and made his senior debut in October of that year in a World Cup Qualifier against Zambia.

Career statistics

Youth and Development Football

Season Under-18 European Under-21 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2012-13 9 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
2013-14 24 0 3 0 11 0 38 0
2014-15 12 0 10 1 22 0 44 1
2015-16 - - 7 0 20 2 27 2
Total 45 0 20 1 53 2 118 3

First team

Season Club Prem FA Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2016-17 Chelsea 3 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
2017-18 Hull City (loan) 44 0 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 47 1
2018-19 Torino (loan) 30 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 32 1
Total 77 0 5 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 86 1

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