Iké Ugbo

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Iké Ugbo
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0Full Name Iké Dominique Ugbo
0Date of Birth 21 September 1998
0Place of Birth London, England
0Position Forward
0Chelsea career 2007 -
0Debut n/a
0Games (goals) n/a
0Other clubs Barnsley (loan)
Milton Keynes (loan)
Scunthorpe United (loan)
Roda JC (loan)
Cercle Brugge (loan)

Iké Ugbo is a forward currently playing in Chelsea's Academy team.

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Pre-Chelsea career

Iké joined Chelsea as an Under-10 and spent much of his formative development as a midfielder before moving further forward as an Under-15.

Chelsea career

Iké made his Under-18 debut in March 2014 as an Under-15 and scored his first goal against Bolton Wanderers a few weeks later. He played regularly as a schoolboy in 2014-15 and grabbed four goals before Christmas, finishing with a very respectable tally of eleven and Under-21 appearances whilst still an Under-16. Stepping up as a scholar, he had the burden of replacing the prolific goals scored by Tammy Abraham and Dominic Solanke before him but handled the responsibility superbly, finishing with 24 goals in all competitions and finished second to former-team mate Eddie Nketiah, now of Arsenal, in the league golden boot race. Appearances in both the 2015-16 FA Youth Cup and 2015-16 UEFA Youth League ensured winners' medals in both competitions whilst he finished the season with a run in the Under-21 team.

He was required to become the leading centre-forward for the Development Squad in 2016-17 with every available option out on loan, and he thrived. His work off the ball and with his back to goal was of particular impressive note as he scored 25 times in all competitions, helping the Under-18s to a domestic treble with 10 goals in the FA Youth Cup.

Ready to go out on loan, he joined Barnsley in the Championship in July 2017, but the move didn't work out well and he returned after playing just 900 minutes in the first half of the season. He dropped to League One to play for Milton Keynes in the second half of the campaign, but again endured a frustrating time, and both clubs he turned out for were relegated.

There was more of the same in 2018-19 when he scored just one goal in 16 appearances at Scunthorpe before coming back to Chelsea, but a jaunt into Europa with Roda JC in 2019-20 restored some form and confidence. His 13 goals for a struggling team in the Dutch second tier was a very respectable return indeed and earned him a move to Cercle Brugge in Belgium on loan for 2020-21.

International

Iké has represented England up to Under-20 level, earning a call-up for the 2015 Under-17 European Championships and World Cup.

He is also eligible to represent Nigeria.

Career statistics

Youth, Reserve and Under-21 Football

Season Under-18 Euro U19 Under-21 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2013-14 6 1 0 0 0 0 6 1
2014-15 18 11 1 0 4 0 23 11
2015-16 28 24 1 0 3 0 32 24
2016-17 13 12 0 0 27 13 40 25
2017-18 - - - - 1 1 1 1
2018-19 - - - - 4 1 4 1
Total 65 48 2 0 39 15 106 63

Senior Club Football

Season Club Prem FA Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2017-18 Barnsley (loan) 16 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 18 1
2017-18 Milton Keynes (loan) 16 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 2
2018-19 Scunthorpe United (loan) 15 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 1
2019-20 Roda JC (loan) 27 13 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 28 13
Total 74 3 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 79 17

(Statistics accurate as of the end of the 2019-20 season)

Career honours

Contract

Iké signed a new contract in August 2020 running to the end of the 2021-22 season.

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