Timothy Fosu-Mensah

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Timothy Fosu-Mensah
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Fosu-Mensah playing for Manchester United in 2016
Personal information
Full name Evans Timothy Fosu Fosu-Mensah [1]
Date of birth (1998-01-02) 2 January 1998 (age 25)
Place of birth Amsterdam, Netherlands
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) [2]
Position(s) Defender
Defensive midfielder
Team information
Current team
Bayer Leverkusen
Number 24
Youth career
2005–2006 Zeeburgia
2006–2014 Ajax
2014–2016 Manchester United
Senior career*
2016–2021 Manchester United 16 (0)
2017–2018Crystal Palace (loan) 21 (0)
2018–2019Fulham (loan) 12 (0)
2021– Bayer Leverkusen 23 (0)
International career
2013 Netherlands U15 4 (0)
2013–2014 Netherlands U16 7 (0)
2014–2015 Netherlands U17 13 (1)
2015–2017 Netherlands U19 10 (0)
2016 Netherlands U21 5 (0)
2017–2018 Netherlands 3 (0)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 23 April 2023 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 26 March 2018 (UTC)

Evans Timothy Fosu Fosu-Mensah (born 2 January 1998) is a Dutch professional footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder, centre-back or full-back for Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen and the Netherlands national team. He formerly played for Dutch club Ajax's youth team and English club Manchester United's first team.


Club career

Manchester United

Born in Amsterdam to Ghanaian parents, Fosu-Mensah began his career with Ajax, before moving to England in 2014. Fosu-Mensah has played for Manchester United's youth teams in a variety of positions, including centre-back, right-back and central midfield. He made his professional debut at left-back on 28 February 2016, in a 3–2 Premier League win at home to Arsenal, coming on as a 55th-minute substitute for Marcos Rojo. [3]

On 19 October 2016, he signed a new long-term contract with Manchester United until 2020, with the option to extend for a further year. [4]

Crystal Palace (on loan)

On 10 August 2017, Fosu-Mensah joined Crystal Palace on a season-long loan, reuniting with his former boss at Ajax, Frank de Boer. [5] He made his debut for Palace two days later on 12 August 2017 against newly promoted Huddersfield Town, losing 3–0. [6] Despite the defeat, Fosu-Mensah was praised for his last-minute tackle on Steve Mounié, denying him a hat-trick. [7] [8]

Fulham (on loan)

On 9 August 2018, Fosu-Mensah joined Fulham on a season-long loan. [9] He made his debut for Fulham on 18 August 2018, in a 3–1 away defeat to Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League, playing the full 90 minutes. On 13 April 2019, he suffered a knee ligament injury which saw him returning to Manchester United. [10] [11]

Return to United

On 27 June 2020, Fosu-Mensah made his first United senior matchday squad since 21 May 2017 as he sat on the bench for 120 minutes in an FA Cup tie against Norwich City. [12]

On 16 July 2020, Fosu-Mensah started for United against former side Crystal Palace, his first start since 21 May 2017, when he faced Palace at Selhurst Park. [13]

Bayer Leverkusen

On 13 January 2021, Fosu-Mensah completed a transfer from Manchester United to Bayer Leverkusen. [14] On 28 February 2021, he suffered another knee ligament injury that ended his 2020–21 season. [15]

On 15 January 2022, Fosu-Mensah made his first appearance in 321 days, coming off the bench in the second half of a 2–1 win over Borussia Mönchengladbach. [16]

International career

Having played at under-15, under-16, under-17 and under-19 levels for the Netherlands but also eligible for Ghana, Fosu-Mensah was rewarded for his performances for Manchester United with his first call-up to the senior team for friendlies against the Republic of Ireland, Poland and Austria. He was also eligible to play for Ghana as he qualified through his parents. He received another call-up to the Dutch senior squad on 28 August 2017, replacing the injured Kenny Tete for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against France and Bulgaria. [17] Fosu-Mensah made his first senior appearance for the Netherlands on 31 August 2017, when he was named in the starting line-up against France in a 4–0 defeat. [18]

Personal life

Fosu-Mensah is the brother of fellow footballers Alfons and Paul. [19]

Career statistics


As of match played 23 April 2023 [20]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
ClubSeasonLeagueNational Cup [lower-alpha 1] League Cup [lower-alpha 2] EuropeOtherTotal
Manchester United 2015–16 Premier League 80200000100
2016–17 4020104 [lower-alpha 3] 000110
2017–18 000000000000
2018–19 0000000000
2019–20 3010002 [lower-alpha 3] 060
2020–21 1000002 [lower-alpha 4] 030
Crystal Palace (loan) 2017–18 Premier League2101020240
Fulham (loan) 2018–19 Premier League1200010130
Bayer Leverkusen 2020–21 Bundesliga 60100070
2021–22 60002 [lower-alpha 3] 080
2022–23 110004 [lower-alpha 5] 0150
Career total720704014000970
  1. Includes FA Cup, DFB-Pokal
  2. Includes EFL Cup
  3. 1 2 3 Appearances in UEFA Europa League
  4. Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  5. Three appearances in UEFA Champions League, one appearance in UEFA Europa League


As of match played 26 March 2018 [21]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National teamYearAppsGoals
Netherlands 201720


Manchester United

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