Tottenham Hotspur fans, remember the name Jonathan Obika?
Tipped for stardom and hailed as a hugely bright prospect when a part of the club’s glowing academy, you once awarded him with the prestigious ‘Breakthrough Award’ at the end of the 2008/09 campaign (BBC).
And, at the time, it would not have been too hard to see why.
The former England Under-20 international was the top goalscorer for the youth side a year prior, before making the step up into the first-team when Harry Redknapp decided he was good enough to get a couple of run outs for the side in European competition.
The Enfield-born Nigerian showed plenty of promise with his performances as he displayed immense power and an eye for goal that clearly got a number of supporters crazy over him.
However, there is a saying, and forgive me for crossing over to another sport for just a moment, but sometimes a player can appear to have ‘more clubs than Tiger Woods’ and, unfortunately for Obika, this is one that can be extremely relevant to how his career has panned out.
Whilst under contract with Spurs, the striker went on a total of 11 (ELEVEN?!) loan spells to try and get the regular football he needed to try and develop.
Yeovil Town must have really liked him as they had him on four separate occasions, Charlton Athletic had him twice, with Millwall, Crystal Palace, Peterborough United, Swindon Town and Brighton and Hove Albion all having the pleasure of having him just the once.
He was then sold to Swindon on a permanent deal in 2014 and spent three years with the Wiltshire outfit before making the move to Oxford United.
Indeed, life appears to have become more settled for the now 28-year-old over the past five years or so, however, he will not be able to get too comfortable and may have to call in the removal team once again.
Careful Jon, Tiger might be getting a little jealous about the number of clubs you are going to end up with!
Tottenham fans, how disappointed were you regarding how things turned out for Obika? Let us know below!
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