Tom Dele-Bashiru

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Tom Dele-Bashiru
Personal information
Full name Ayotomiwa Sherif Dele-Bashiru [1]
Date of birth (1999-09-17) 17 September 1999 (age 24) [2]
Place of birth Manchester, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) [3]
Position(s) Midfielder
Team information
Current team
Watford
Number 24
Youth career
2005–2017 Manchester City
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2017–2019 Manchester City 1 (0)
2019– Watford 40 (2)
2021–2022Reading (loan) 38 (4)
International career
2014 England U16 2 (0)
2019 Nigeria U20 3 (1)
2019– Nigeria U23 1 (1)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 1 April 2024 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 6 September 2020

Ayotomiwa Sherif "Tom" Dele-Bashiru (born 17 September 1999) is a professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for EFL Championship club Watford. [4] Born in England, Dele-Bashiru represents Nigeria internationally.

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Club career

Dele-Bashiru made his professional debut on 19 December 2017 in the EFL Cup against Leicester City, replacing Phil Foden in the 91st minute and playing in extra time. [5]

On 24 July 2019, Dele-Bashiru joined Watford on a six-year deal after his contract with Manchester City expired. [6] He made his Watford debut and scored the opening goal in a 3–3 draw against Tranmere Rovers in the FA Cup third round. [7]

On his first league start, Dele-Bashiru came off injured in the first-half against Reading on 3 October 2020. It was confirmed that he would undergo surgery for an anterior cruciate ligament injury and would be out for around six months. [8]

After returning to training and representing the Hornets during the pre-season in Summer 2021, Dele-Bashiru joined Reading on a season-long loan, in order to get more playing time and fully restore his fitness. [4] He scored his first goals for Reading when he scored twice against Peterborough United on 14 September 2021 in a 3-1 win. [9]

International career

Dele-Bashiru has represented the England under-16 team, [10] but he is also eligible for Nigeria. He was part of the Nigeria national under-20 football team in the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Poland. Dele-Bashiru scored Nigeria's third goal in their opening match win against Qatar, with the game finishing 4–0.

Personal life

Dele-Bashiru's younger brother Fisayo also came through the ranks at Manchester City before joining Sheffield Wednesday. [11]

Career statistics

As of match played 1 April 2024
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
ClubSeasonLeague FA Cup EFL Cup EuropeOtherTotal
DivisionAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Manchester City U21 2017–18 [12] 3 [lower-alpha 1] 030
2018–19 [13] 5 [lower-alpha 1] 151
Total8181
Manchester City 2017–18 [12] Premier League 0000100010
2018–19 [13] Premier League0000000000
Total0000100010
Watford 2019–20 [14] Premier League00211031
2020–21 [15] Championship 20000020
2021–22 Premier League0000000-
2022–23 Championship60000060
2023-24 Championship3222110353
Total4024220464
Reading (loan) 2021–22 Championship3841000394
Total384100000394
Career total78652300081868
  1. 1 2 Appearances in EFL Trophy

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