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Dickson Etuhu
Dickson Etuhu Fulham.jpg
Personal information
Full name Dickson Paul Etuhu
Date of birth 8 June 1982 (1982-06-08) (age 27)
Place of birth Kano, Nigeria
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current club Fulham
Number 20
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2002 Manchester City 12 (0)
2002–2006 Norwich City (loan) 134 (17)
2005–2006 Preston North End 8 (0)
2006–2007 Norwich City 54 (6)
2007–2008 Sunderland 20 (1)
2008– Fulham 34 (1)
National team
2007– Nigeria 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:56, 10 February 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23:13, 23 December 2008 (UTC)

Dickson Paul Etuhu (born 8 June 1982 in Kano, Nigeria) is a Nigerian professional footballer who currently plays for Fulham as a defensive midfielder. Etuhu's younger brother Kelvin is also a footballer.[1]

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Club career

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Early career

Etuhu signed for Preston North End from Manchester City in 2002 for £300,000. He had started just 11 league games for City. He was very much a bit-part player during Preston's successful season of 2004-2005, when the Whites reached the play-off final. Despite his side losing to West Ham United, he attracted the attention of Premiership clubs Everton and West Brom.

Norwich City

Norwich City signed him during the January transfer window for £450,000 after a loan deal initially brought him to the club. His form began to improve towards the end of the season and in the early stages of the 2006-07 campaign.

Etuhu scored his first goal for Norwich in a 2-0 win against Torquay United in a League Cup match on 23 August 2006, and got his first league goal for the club in a 3-3 draw at Southend United on 12 September 2006. On 21 October 2006 he scored the only goal in a 1-0 win against Cardiff at Carrow Road to help his new manager Peter Grant win his first home game after replacing Nigel Worthington.

It was incorrectly reported during September 2006 that following the 3-1 defeat at Plymouth Argyle, Etuhu and team-mate Youssef Safri traded punches on the team bus on their return journey to East Anglia.[2]

Sunderland

Etuhu signed for newly promoted Sunderland in a deal worth £1.5m in the summer of 2007.[3] On February 9, 2008, Etuhu scored his first goal for Sunderland in their home match against Wigan. It came from a free kick floated in by Dean Whitehead, opening the scoring in the 2-0 defeat of the Latics.[4]

Fulham

On 29 August 2008 Etuhu announced that he was having a medical with Premier League side Fulham, before joining for a fee of around £1.5 million.[5] Etuhu scored his first goal for Fulham on Easter Sunday 2009 in a game against his former club Manchester City in the 59th minute to put Fulham up 2-1 after a goal from American Clint Dempsey in the 50th minute.[6]

He scored his first goal in European Competition, and his first goal at Craven Cottage, the week after his first son was born with a header to put Fulham 1-0 up against Lithuanian team FK Vetra.[7]

International career

It was announced in late September 2007 that Etuhu had been called up to play for his country on October 14.[8] He first played in two friendlies for his country and he then made his competitive international debut in the African Cup of Nations in January 2008. Dickson was also eligible to have played for England.

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