New Blue: Nnamdi Ofoborh

Facts & Stats

Born: 07/11/99

Position: Central midfielder/centre-back

Former clubs: Bournemouth (parent club)

International career: Nigeria U20

Random fact: Oforbh was named Bournemouth’s Young Player of the Season in 2017/18

After Rolando Aarons was unveiled as a Wycombe player, it was rather inevitable that any other deadline day arrival would be slightly lost in the resulting delirium. Nnamdi Oforbh is no less worth getting excited about, though. His parent club seem to have high hopes for him – and we’re set to have him all season.

While this loan spell will afford the 19-year-old his first taste of competitive football, he’s not been far off the Bournemouth first team. He started four pre-season friendlies for Eddie Howe’s men and was an sub last week’s Carabao Cup win over Forest Green. Ofoborh captained the Cherries’ under-21s last season and is under contract in Dorset until 2021. What better way for him to progress his career towards the next level than by making an Alfie Mawson or Ebere Eze kind of impact?

A real midfield unit, Ofoborh arrives in excellent shape after his extensive club pre-season involvement and three appearances for Nigeria at the U20 World Cup in Poland. All the facets of his game will become clear in due course, but his physical presence is his most immediately obvious attribute. The fact that he’s able to slot in at the back would suggest that he’s a good reader of the game too. He might also be the happiest player we’ve ever signed – see below and numerous other photos – and I can’t wait to see him put a crunching tackle in while grinning from ear to ear (on someone like John Marquis, who’d probably get really annoyed by that).


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