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Uche Ikpeazu

Striker

Games7 Goals2 Assists1
  • Name: Uche Ikpeazu
  • D.O.B: 28 Feb 1995

Profile

  • Uche was born in Harrow, London, on 28 February 1995. His father is from Nigeria and his mother Uganda, who he has opted to represent internationally.
  • He joined Reading’s academy in 2010, and in the 2012/13 season, was the top scorer in the country at youth level when he hit 28 goals in as many games for the Royals’ Under-18s.
  • Uche then moved to Watford in 2013, and made his first steps in the professional game on loan with Crewe Alexandra. He made his debut at Gresty Road as a substitute against Leyton Orient in January 2014, and scored his first pro goals against Bradford city three weeks later.
  • The forward returned to Crewe twice more, either side of a spell with Doncaster Rovers, then moved up to League One with a further loan move to Port Vale in 2015 - scoring six goals in 28 matches.
  • Leaving Watford in the summer of 2016, and after a trial with Norwich City, Uche moved to Cambridge United.
  • He scored his first goal for the U’s in a 2-1 win over Newport County in the September, and the following January netted in an FA Cup defeat to Leeds United, with manager Shaun Derry saying Uche was quickly becoming a ‘cult figure’ at the club.
  • Uche scored eight times in his first season at the Abbey Stadium, and 14 in the one that followed, before moving north of the border to Heart of Midlothian.
  • He managed eight goals in his first campaign with Hearts, despite breaking his foot midway through it, and made a substitute appearance in the Jam Tarts’ 2019 Scottish Cup Final defeat to Celtic at Hampden Park.
  • Uche returned to England in August 2020, signing for newly-promoted Championship side Wycombe Wanderers.
  • After an injury-hit start, Uche scored his first goal for Wycombe in what was his second league start. The goal gave Wycombe the lead against Boro, a fine effort which saw the striker turn inside Paddy McNair before curling beyond Marcus Bettinelli from the edge of the area.
  • He netted again against Brentford the following week, another impressive individual effort, and would go on to top score for the club with six goals in 23 league starts.
  • Uche was an important part of Wycombe’s much-improved second half of the season. Having not won a point until 27 October, they then took some from four of the top six, won six of the final 11 games - the third best finish of any club in the division - and earned an overall tally which would have secured survival in two of the last three years.
  • A superb winner against Bournemouth - his 50th professional goal - on 1 May took Wanderers’ survival fight to the final day at the Riverside, where they were equally impressive in beating Boro 3-0.
  • Uche provided an assist for Garath McCleary that day, one of four for the campaign - again the Chairboys highest.
  • Uche came second in the Chariboys Supporters’ Player of the Year vote, with his long-range goals against Brentford and Bournemouth awarded second and third place respectively in the club’s Goal of the Season rankings.
  • He received his first call-up to represent Uganda in two Africa Cup of nations qualifying matches in March 2020, but the matches were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Standing at 6ft3in, Uche is known for his pace and power. With a strength rating of 94, he is one of the strongest players in FIFA 21 - behind only a handful of others worldwide including former Chairboys teammate Adebayo Akinfenwa.
  • Uche scored on his first appearance in a Boro shirt, in a 3-0 friendly win at Bishop Auckland in July 2021.
  • His first competitive goal for Boro came on his home debut, the opener in a 2-1 win over Bristol City celebrated by the Riverside's first unrestricted crowd in 530 days. 

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