Ola Aina

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

Ola Aina is a defender currently playing for Chelsea

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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.

International

Ola has been 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
Total 47 0 3 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 53 1

Correct as of 27 May 2018


Career honours

Contract

Ola signed a new contract in August 2018 to take him through to the end of the 2020-21 season.

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