Devante Cole

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Devante Cole
Personal information
Full name Devante Lavon Andrew Cole[1]
Date of birth (1995-05-10) 10 May 1995 (age 23)
Place of birth Alderley Edge, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[2]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Burton Albion
(on loan from Wigan Athletic)
Youth career
2003–2014 Manchester City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014–2015 Manchester City 0 (0)
2014–2015 Barnsley (loan) 19 (5)
2015 Milton Keynes Dons (loan) 14 (3)
2015–2016 Bradford City 19 (5)
2016–2018 Fleetwood Town 77 (17)
2018– Wigan Athletic 6 (0)
2018– Burton Albion (loan) 6 (0)
National team
2011 England U16 5 (2)
2011–2012 England U17 9 (3)
2012 England U18 1 (1)
2014 England U19 2 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10:53, 23 October 2018 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22:29, 19 August 2014 (UTC)

Devante Lavon Andrew Cole (born 10 May 1995) is an English professional footballer who plays for Burton Albion, on loan from Wigan Athletic, as a striker.

Early and personal life

Cole was born in Alderley Edge on 10 May 1995.[3] His father is the former Manchester United, Newcastle United and England striker Andy Cole.[4] He has stated that he is a different type of player to his father, who played in the same position,[2] and that he wants to make a name for himself.[5] His paternal grandparents migrated to England from Jamaica in the 1960s; his grandfather worked as a miner.[6]

Club career

Manchester City

Cole joined Manchester City in April 2003,[3] at the age of seven.[4] He had previously spent a day training with city rivals Manchester United.[4] His first involvement with the Manchester City first team came in July 2013 when he was selected for a pre-season friendly tour of South Africa, subsequently playing against SuperSport United.[3]

Cole featured heavily in the 2013–14 UEFA Youth League scoring 6 goals and finishing as the second highest scorer overall as Manchester City made a run to the quarter-final stage of the competition.[7][8]

He was linked with a loan move to Scottish club Motherwell in August 2014.[9]

Loan to Barnsley

On 19 August 2014, Cole signed on loan for Barnsley until 5 January 2015.[10] He made his professional debut the same day, appearing as a substitute in a League One game away to Coventry City.[11] He scored his first goal for the club in his second appearance, a 4–1 home win over Gillingham.[11]

Loan to Milton Keynes Dons

He moved on loan to Milton Keynes Dons in January 2015.[12]

Bradford City

On 28 August 2015 Cole signed for Bradford City on a two-year deal, with the option of a third year, after being released by Manchester City.[13][14] Bradford City manager Phil Parkinson praised Cole's pace.[15] Before signing for them, he had been on trial with West Ham United and had been linked with a transfer to both Birmingham City and Preston North End.[15] Manchester City have retained a sell-on clause from the deal, believed to be 30%.[15] Cole made his debut a day later, appearing as a substitute. He scored on his debut in the 4th minute of injury time to earn City a 1–0 victory.[16][17] Cole's potential development was praised by City manager Phil Parkinson.[18] New striker partner James Hanson also discussed their teamwork,[19] and the improvement in Cole's all-round game was praised by manager Phil Parkinson in October 2015.[20]

Fleetwood Town

Cole signed for Fleetwood Town on 22 January 2016 for an undisclosed fee.[21] He said he felt the new club suited him better than Bradford had done.[22]

Wigan Athletic

Cole signed for Wigan Athletic in January 2018.[23] He moved on loan to Burton Albion in August 2018.[24]

International career

Cole has represented England at under-16, under-17, under-18, and under-19 levels.[25]

Cole made his debut for the England under-19 team on 5 March 2014 in a friendly match against Turkey, starting the game and scoring the opening goal.[26] On 29 May 2014, he made a further appearance from the start in a European Championship elite qualification match against Ukraine, which England lost to a deflected 94th-minute strike that eliminated them from the final tournament.[27][28]

Career statistics

As of 23 October 2018[11]
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Manchester City 2014–15 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Barnsley (loan) 2014–15 League One 19 5 2 1 0 0 2 1 23 7
Milton Keynes Dons (loan) 2014–15 League One 14 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 3
Bradford City 2015–16 League One 19 5 4 1 0 0 1 0 24 6
Fleetwood Town 2015–16 League One 14 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 2
2016–17 League One 35 5 6 2 1 0 4 1 46 8
2017–18 League One 28 10 5 2 1 0 0 0 34 12
Total 77 17 11 4 2 0 4 1 94 22
Wigan Athletic 2017–18 League One 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
2018–19 Championship 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Total 6 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 7 0
Burton Albion 2018–19 League One 6 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 8 0
Career total 140 30 17 6 3 0 9 2 169 38

Honours

Milton Keynes Dons

References

  1. ^ "Retained List 2015-16" (PDF). English Football League. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 December 2016. Retrieved 26 June 2016.
  2. ^ a b Stuart Brennan (8 April 2014). "City starlet Cole in search of first silverware". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 19 August 2014.
  3. ^ a b c "Profile". Manchester City F.C. Retrieved 19 August 2014.
  4. ^ a b c Nick Harris (19 September 2009). "Andy Cole: How my son ended up at City's academy". The Independent. Retrieved 19 August 2014.
  5. ^ Simon Parker (4 September 2015). "Cole aims to carve name for himself as Bradford City hitman". Telegraph & Argus. Retrieved 4 September 2015.
  6. ^ Jason Burt (17 April 2005). "Andrew Cole: 'Play it straight with me, and I'll be straight. No curve balls'". The Independent. Retrieved 19 August 2014.
  7. ^ "Manchester City U19 1 – 2 Benfica U19". Manchester City F.C. Retrieved 23 September 2014.
  8. ^ "Andy Cole's son Devante at centre of UEFA probe after suffering alleged racial abuse during match in Spain". The Mirror. Retrieved 23 September 2014.
  9. ^ Alan Nixon (10 August 2014). "Manchester City transfers: Devante Cole poised for loan move to Scottish side Motherwell". The Mirror. Retrieved 19 August 2014.
  10. ^ "Man City striker Devante Cole joins Barnsley on loan". BBC Sport. 19 August 2014. Retrieved 19 August 2014.
  11. ^ a b c Devante Cole at Soccerbase
  12. ^ "Manchester City's Devante Cole joins MK Dons on loan". BBC Sport. 22 January 2015. Retrieved 23 January 2015.
  13. ^ "Devante Cole: Bradford City sign Andrew Cole's son from Man City". BBC Sport. 28 August 2015. Retrieved 28 August 2015.
  14. ^ "CITY SIGN COLE". Bradford City A.F.C. 28 August 2015. Retrieved 28 August 2015.
  15. ^ a b c Simon Parker (29 August 2015). "Bantams strike to snap-up young striker Cole". Telegraph & Argus. Retrieved 29 August 2015.
  16. ^ "Football - Super-sub Cole snatches Bradford victory on debut". Yahoo Sports. 29 August 2015. Archived from the original on 7 February 2016. Retrieved 30 August 2015.
  17. ^ Simon Parker (31 August 2015). "Bradford City debutant Devante stars in latest of late shows". Telegraph & Argus. Retrieved 31 August 2015.
  18. ^ Simon Parker (31 August 2015). "'Project' Cole fuels Bradford City hopes after debut winner". Telegraph & Argus. Retrieved 31 August 2015.
  19. ^ Simon Parker (14 September 2015). "Bradford City strike pair heading in right direction – sort of!". Telegraph & Argus. Retrieved 14 September 2015.
  20. ^ Simon Parker (23 October 2015). "Bantams boss delighted that there is more than goals to Cole's game now". Telegraph & Argus. Retrieved 25 October 2015.
  21. ^ "Fleetwood: Bradford's Devante Cole signs as Jamie Proctor exits". BBC Sport. 22 January 2016. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
  22. ^ Simon Parker (29 January 2016). "Suits you: Cole reckons Fleetwood are more to his style than Bantams". Telegraph & Argus. Retrieved 29 January 2016.
  23. ^ "Devante Cole: Wigan sign Fleetwood Town striker for undisclosed fee". BBC Sport. 31 January 2018. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
  24. ^ "Burton Albion sign Jake Hesketh, Jake Flannigan and Devante Cole on loan". BBC Sport. 30 August 2018. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  25. ^ "Profile". The Football Association. Retrieved 19 August 2014.
  26. ^ "England U19s shine in Chester as Young Lions beat Turkey". The Football Association. Retrieved 19 August 2014.
  27. ^ "Ukraine 1 – 0 England". The Football Association. Retrieved 19 August 2014.
  28. ^ "Last minute own goal condemns England to Euro heartbreak". The Football Association. Retrieved 19 August 2014.
  29. ^ "2015: Dons clinch promotion in style". Milton Keynes Dons. 30 December 2015. Retrieved 23 September 2017.
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