Nigerian defender William Troost-Ekong is the latest Super Eagle to land in England after the centre back joined English Championship side Watford following his departure from Italian Serie A side Udinese.
The Super Eagles vice-captain has signed a 5-year-deal with the Hornets and he will be the latest arrival at Vicarage Road joining other African stars like Ismaila Saar at the newly relegated side.
The 27-year-old played 66 Serie A games for Udinese since making a switch from the Turkish top division in 2018 where he played for Bursaspor in the 2017/18 season. He brings a lot of experience into a Watford team that will want to return to England’s topflight after a humbling 19th finish in the league last season.
Troost-Ekong started his career in England where he played for Fulham and Tottenham Hotspurs before moving to his country of birth Netherlands to join FC Groningen who offered him his first senior contract.
In the Netherlands, the defender featured for FC Groningen and later joined FC Dordrecht.
After being linked with a few clubs including Scottish giants Glasgow Celtic and Heracles Almelo in Netherlands Troost- Ekong went on to join Belgian Pro League side KAA Gent in 2015. At Gent he was immediately loaned out to Norwegian club FK Haugesund.
Things didn’t work out at Gent with the Nigerian only able to make 3 senior appearances for the club and this resulted in Troost-Ekong parting ways with Gent.
In July 2017, he signed for Turkish Super Lig club Bursaspor which is where his career really took off, making 27 appearances for Bursaspor in a season that also earned him more national team call ups to the ‘Super Eagles’ team.
Troost-Ekong was born in the Netherlands to a Nigerian father and Dutch mother which made him eligible for the West African country.
At international level, the defender has made 42 senior team appearances for Nigeria scoring two goals including that important winner against South Africa in the Egypt 2019 AFCON quarter final.
The Haarlem born defender was also a member of the squad that went to the FIFA World Cup in Russia with the ‘Super Eagles’ falling in the group stage phase of the tournament.
By Prince Sobayeni