Tom Taiwo

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Tom Taiwo
0Full Name Thomas Taiwo
0Date of Birth 27 February 1990
0Place of Birth Pudsey, Yorkshire, England
0Position Defensive Midfielder
0Chelsea career 2005 - 2010
0Debut n/a
0Games (goals) n/a
0Other clubs Leeds United
Port Vale (loan)
Carlisle United (loan)

Tom Taiwo (born 27 February 1990 in Pudsey, Yorkshire, England) is a defensive midfielder who formerly played for Chelsea's Academy team.


Pre-Chelsea career

Tom signed for Chelsea at the same time as Michael Woods in a double deal from Leeds United that caused much controversy. A compensation figure of £2,500,000 was set for each player.

Chelsea career

The Pudsey-born midfielder took a while to make an impact at Chelsea as he broke his leg in training and missed the first six months of his Chelsea career whilst Woods was making a senior debut, but began to impress in the Under-18 setup when finally fit. For much of 2007-08 he was the Under-18s captain with Nana Ofori-Twumasi on international or reserve duty. He was also one of the most intelligent players in the academy both on the pitch and academically, achieving 10 A Grade or better GCSE results and taking three A Levels.

In 2008-09 Tom started the seal with a loan spell at Port Vale, where he worked under his former youth team coach Lee Sinnott. However, Sinnott was sacked four weeks into his spell at Vale Park and Tom returned to Chelsea to occasionally feature in the reserves. A trial at the Seattle Sounders late in the season didn't materialise into a move.

At the start of the 2009-10 season, Tom joined Carlisle on a six-month loan deal. He impressed sufficiently to earn a permanent move there in January 2010.


Tom has represented England at Under-16 and Under-17 levels. He also remains eligible to play for Nigeria on his father's side of the family.

Career statistics

Youth Team Football

Season Club Total
Apps Goals
2005-06 Chelsea 2 0
2006-07 Chelsea 10 0
2007-08 Chelsea 25 0
2008-09 Chelsea 6 0

Career honours


Post Chelsea Career

Tom developed into a key midfielder for Carlisle over four seasons at the club before joining SPL side Hibernian. Upon their relegation in 2014, he signed for Falkirk.

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