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 -
0Debut 23 August 2016
0Games (goals) 6 (0)
0Other clubs n/a

Ola Aina is a defender currently playing in Chelsea's Academy team.


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.


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, Reserve and Under-21 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

(Statistics accurate as of the end of the 2015-16 season)

First team

Season Prem FA Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2016-17 3 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Total 3 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 6 0

"Correct as of 26 May 2017"

Career honours


Ola signed a new four-year contract in July 2016 to take him through to the end of the 2019-20 season. 1

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