Tommy O'Sullivan

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Tommy O'Sullivan
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O'Sullivan in a Cardiff City kit in February 2013
Personal information
Full name Thomas Paul O'Sullivan[1]
Date of birth (1995-01-18) 18 January 1995 (age 23)[2]
Place of birth Mountain Ash, Wales
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)[3]
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
2004–2012 Cardiff City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2017 Cardiff City 0 (0)
2015 Port Vale (loan) 1 (0)
2015 Port Vale (loan) 4 (0)
2015–2016 Newport County (loan) 11 (1)
2016 Newport County (loan) 9 (0)
2017–2018 Colchester United 4 (0)
2018 Torquay United (loan) 7 (0)
National team
2011–2012 Wales U17 5 (0)
2013–2014 Wales U19 6 (6)
2013–2016 Wales U21 15 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:44, 15 April 2018 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19:47, 11 April 2017 (UTC)

Thomas Paul O'Sullivan (born 18 January 1995) is a Welsh professional footballer who plays as a midfielder; he left Colchester United in May 2018.

A Wales youth international, he began his professional career with Cardiff City in 2012, making his debut in the League Cup in August 2012. He made his English Football League debut on loan at Port Vale in February 2015. After two loan spells at Newport County during the 2015–16 season, he signed for Colchester United in January 2017. He joined Torquay United on loan for the remainder of the 2017–18 season in January 2018.

Club career

Cardiff City

Born in Mountain Ash, Rhondda Cynon Taf,[3] O'Sullivan progressed through the Academy at Cardiff City to sign his first professional contract in 2012.[4] His made his professional debut when he came on as a substitute for Stephen McPhail 19 minutes into a 2–1 League Cup defeat to Northampton Town at Sixfields Stadium on 14 August 2012.[5] He also went on to make an FA Cup appearance on 5 January 2013, as City lost 2–1 to non-League side Macclesfield Town.[6]

O'Sullivan joined League One side Port Vale on a one-month loan on 2 February 2015; manager Rob Page signed O'Sullivan to replace injured creative midfielder Louis Dodds, having been familiar with him from his time as a coach with the Welsh youth teams.[7] He returned to Cardiff on 2 March after only one substitute appearance at Vale Park.[8] Ten days later he was re-signed by Page on another one-month loan, after the departure of Chris Lines created a midfield vacancy in Vale's first team picture.[9] The loan deal was later extended to cover the rest of the 2014–15 season.[10] He made five appearances for the Valiants.[11]

On 5 October 2015, O'Sullivan was named as Welsh Young Player of the Year by the Football Association of Wales.[12] Eight days later he joined Newport County on an initial one month loan, subsequently extended until 7 January 2016.[13] He made his debut on 17 October in 1–0 home defeat by Portsmouth,[14] and on 24 October, he scored his first professional goal in Newport's 4–1 win at Bristol Rovers.[15] In total he made 13 appearances for the club during the loan spell, which was not extended despite Cardiff manager Russell Slade being encouraged by O'Sullivan's progress.[16] On 10 March 2016, O'Sullivan returned to Newport County on loan until the end of the 2015–16 season.[17] He made a further nine appearances for County during his second spell.[18]

Colchester United

After failing to make an impact on the Cardiff first team during the 2016–17 season, O'Sullivan joined Colchester United on trial in January 2017,[19] completing a transfer to the club for an undisclosed fee on 20 January 2017.[20] He made his debut as a substitute for Drey Wright after 78-minutes of Colchester's 4–0 League Two win at home to Stevenage on 8 April.[21] He made three first-team appearances in 2016–17.[22]

On 4 January 2018, O'Sullivan signed for National League side Torquay United on loan until the end of the season.[23] He made his debut two days later in a 4–0 defeat at Wrexham.[24] He played a total of seven games for Gary Owers's "Gulls", who ended the season being relegated into the National League South.[25] Upon his return to the Colchester Community Stadium at the end of the 2017–18 season he was released by manager John McGreal.[26]

International career

O'Sullivan has represented Wales at under-17, under-19 and under-21 level.[27][28] He made his competitive debut for the under-17s starting in a 3–2 defeat to Armenia on 17 October 2011.[29] He made five appearances for the under-17 side.[27] On 13 November 2013, he had a goalscoring debut for the under-19 team, featuring as a substitute in Wales' 5–1 defeat to Georgia.[30] He scored six goals in six appearances for the under-19 team.[27] Prior to his under-19 debut, O'Sullivan had already made his under-21 debut, starting in their 4–0 victory over San Marino on 15 October 2013.[31] For his first goals at under-21 level, he scored a brace against Bulgaria during a 3–1 win on 31 March 2015.[32] He scored three goals in 15 competitive under-21 games between 2013 and 2016.[27]

Style of play

O'Sullivan is a creative box-to-box midfielder with a good touch, awareness and technique.[33]

Personal life

Tommy's elder brother Sam O'Sullivan played 152 times for Newport County before leaving the club in 2008.[34]

Career statistics

As of match played 10 April 2018
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Cardiff City 2012–13[35] Championship 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
2013–14[36] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2014–15[11] Championship 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
2015–16[18] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016–17[22] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 3 0
Port Vale (loan) 2014–15[11] League One 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Newport County (loan) 2015–16[18] League Two 20 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 22 1
Colchester United 2016–17[22] League Two 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
2017–18[37] League Two 1 0 1 0 0 0 2[a] 0 4 0
Total 4 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 7 0
Torquay United (loan) 2017–18[37] National League 7 0 0 0 7 0
Career total 36 1 4 0 2 0 2 0 44 1
  1. ^ Appearances in EFL Trophy

Honours

Individual

References

  1. ^ "Professional Retain List & Free Transfers 2012/13" (PDF). The Football League. May 2013. p. 11. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 July 2013. Retrieved 9 April 2017. 
  2. ^ Tommy O'Sullivan at Soccerbase
  3. ^ a b "Colchester United". FootballSquads. Retrieved 9 April 2017. 
  4. ^ Waldron, Jonathan (10 January 2017). "Colchester United have given Cardiff City midfielder Tommy O'Sullivan a chance to impress". Colchester Gazette. Colchester. Retrieved 13 April 2017. 
  5. ^ "Northampton 2–1 Cardiff". BBC Sport. 14 August 2012. Retrieved 3 February 2015. 
  6. ^ Hughes, Dewi (5 January 2013). "Macclesfield 2–1 Cardiff". BBC Sport. Retrieved 3 February 2015. 
  7. ^ "Transfer Deadline Day: Port Vale sign O'Sullivan and Luer". BBC Sport. 2 February 2015. Retrieved 3 February 2015. 
  8. ^ Baggaley, Mike (2 March 2015). "Port Vale: Loan pair Greg Luer and Tommy O'Sullivan leave Valiants". The Sentinel. Stoke On Trent. Retrieved 2 March 2015. 
  9. ^ Baggaley, Mike (12 March 2015). "Port Vale: Valiants re-sign Cardiff's Tommy O'Sullivan". The Sentinel. Stoke On Trent. Retrieved 12 March 2015. 
  10. ^ Baggaley, Mike (16 April 2015). "Port Vale agree new deal for Cardiff City midfielder Tommy O'Sullivan". The Sentinel. Stoke On Trent. Archived from the original on 19 April 2015. Retrieved 16 April 2015. 
  11. ^ a b c "Games played by Tommy O'Sullivan in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 13 April 2017. 
  12. ^ a b "Gareth Bale: Real Madrid forward named Welsh player of the year". BBC Sport. 5 October 2015. Retrieved 5 October 2015. 
  13. ^ Tucker, Steve (13 October 2015). "Talented Cardiff City youngsters Tommy O'Sullivan and Jazzi Barnum-Bobb join Newport County on loan". Wales Online. Retrieved 14 October 2015. 
  14. ^ "Newport County 0–1 Portsmouth". BBC Sport. 17 October 2015. Retrieved 13 April 2017. 
  15. ^ "Bristol Rovers 1–4 Newport County". BBC Sport. 24 October 2015. Retrieved 24 October 2015. 
  16. ^ Wathan, Chris (5 January 2016). "Young Cardiff City stars Tommy O'Sullivan and Jazzi Barnum-Bobb back with the Bluebirds after Newport County loan spells end". Wales Online. Retrieved 10 March 2016. 
  17. ^ "Tommy O'Sullivan: Newport County loan Cardiff City midfielder". BBC Sport. 10 March 2016. Retrieved 10 March 2016. 
  18. ^ a b c "Games played by Tommy O'Sullivan in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 13 April 2017. 
  19. ^ "Cardiff City youngster Tommy O'Sullivan in talks to sign for Colchester United". Wales Online. 13 January 2017. Retrieved 13 January 2017. 
  20. ^ "Tommy O'Sullivan: Colchester United sign Cardiff City midfielder". BBC Sport. 20 January 2017. Retrieved 20 January 2017. 
  21. ^ "Colchester United 4–0 Stevenage". BBC Sport. 8 April 2017. Retrieved 8 April 2017. 
  22. ^ a b c "Games played by Tommy O'Sullivan in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 7 May 2017. 
  23. ^ Hudson, Matt (4 January 2018). "U's Flash: Tommy Heads To Torquay". Colchester United FC. Retrieved 4 January 2018. 
  24. ^ "Wrexham 4–0 Torquay United". BBC Sport. 6 January 2018. Retrieved 6 January 2018. 
  25. ^ "Torquay United release five players and transfer list three more after National League relegation". BBC Sport. 30 April 2018. Retrieved 30 April 2018. 
  26. ^ "Colchester United: Doug Loft among four players leaving club". BBC Sport. 8 May 2018. Retrieved 9 May 2018. 
  27. ^ a b c d "Thomas O'Sullivan". UEFA. Retrieved 13 April 2017. 
  28. ^ "Matches of T. O'Sullivan". Soccerway. Retrieved 13 April 2016. 
  29. ^ "Wales U17 vs. Armenia U17 – 2–3". Soccerway. 17 October 2011. Retrieved 13 April 2017. 
  30. ^ "Georgia U19 vs. Wales U19 – 5–1". Soccerway. 13 November 2013. Retrieved 13 April 2017. 
  31. ^ "Wales U21 vs. San Marino U21 – 4–0". Soccerway. 15 October 2013. Retrieved 13 April 2017. 
  32. ^ "Wales U21 vs. Bulgaria U21 – 3–1". Soccerway. 31 March 2015. Retrieved 13 April 2017. 
  33. ^ Phillips, Terry (6 October 2015). "Who is Cardiff City youngster Tommy O'Sullivan... and why does Wales' best young player not play for the Bluebirds?". Wales Online. Retrieved 14 October 2015. 
  34. ^ Pearlman, Michael (14 October 2015). "Tommy can be a huge hit for Newport County says brother Sam O'Sullivan". South Wales Argus. Newport. Retrieved 14 October 2015. 
  35. ^ "Games played by Tommy O'Sullivan in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 13 April 2017. 
  36. ^ "Games played by Tommy O'Sullivan in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 13 April 2017. 
  37. ^ a b "Games played by Tommy O'Sullivan in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 13 April 2017. 

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