Yan Dhanda
Personal information
Date of birth (1998-12-14) 14 December 1998 (age 23)
Place of birth Tipton, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.74 m)[1]
Position(s) Attacking midfielder, winger
Club information
Current team
Ross County
Number 10
Youth career
0000–2013 West Bromwich Albion
2013–2018 Liverpool
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2018–2022 Swansea City 50 (5)
2022– Ross County 1 (0)
National team
England U16
2014 England U17 4 (2)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 17:28, 30 July 2022 (UTC)

Yan Dhanda (born 14 December 1998) is an English professional footballer who currently plays for Scottish Premiership side Ross County as an attacking midfielder. He is a former England under-17 international.

Early life

Dhanda was born in Birmingham, and grew up in Tipton.[2] His mother is white English[3] while his father was born in England to parents from Punjab, India.[4]

Club career

Dhanda began his youth career at West Bromwich Albion before moving to Liverpool, spending five years in the youth ranks at Anfield. In his final season with the youth team, he scored five times from 18 appearances in the Premier League 2 campaign.[5] In May 2018, he left Liverpool to join Championship club Swansea City where he was originally expected to be with the Under 23s.[6]

Dhanda made his debut as a substitute for Swansea on 4 August 2018 against Sheffield United in a 2–1 win, scoring the winner with his first touch only moments after entering the field.[7]

On 21 June 2022, Dhanda signed a 2 year contract with Highland-based Scottish Premiership team Ross County.[8]

International career

Dhanda has represented the England U16[9] and England U17's at international level.[5]

Personal life

Dhanda is of Indian heritage through his father.[10] He has said that the racism he has encountered as a British Asian footballer inspires him to play at his best.[3] The latest racial abuse that Dhanda received was from a youth from Kent, who sent offensive racist messages to Dhanda on social media. This incident followed Swansea City's FA Cup loss to Manchester City.[11]

Career statistics

As of match played 30 July 2022
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Swansea City 2018–19[12] Championship 5 1 0 0 1 0 6 1
2019–20[13] Championship 16 3 0 0 2 0 1[a] 0 19 3
2020–21[14] Championship 26 1 3 0 1 0 1[b] 0 31 1
2021–22[15] Championship 3 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 6 0
Total 50 5 3 0 7 0 2 0 62 5
Swansea City U23 2018–19[12] 1[c] 0 1 0
Ross County 2022–23 Scottish Premiership 1 0 0 0 4 0 5 0
Career total 51 5 3 0 11 0 3 0 68 5
  1. ^ Appearance in Championship play-offs
  2. ^ Appearance in Championship play-offs
  3. ^ Appearance in EFL Trophy

References

  1. ^ "Y. Dhanda | Swansea". www.swanseacity.com. Archived from the original on 27 February 2021. Retrieved 18 January 2021.
  2. ^ "Yan Dhanda: 'I was racially abused as a child but I never let it affect me'". The Guardian. 22 July 2019. Archived from the original on 14 February 2021. Retrieved 27 February 2021.
  3. ^ a b "British Asian footballer Yan Dhanda: Racist abuse drives me on even more". Sky News. Archived from the original on 3 September 2019. Retrieved 3 September 2019.
  4. ^ "Yan Dhanda abuser blocked from sending messages, says Facebook". BBC Sport. 12 February 2021. Archived from the original on 12 February 2021. Retrieved 12 February 2021.
  5. ^ a b Coleman, Tom (23 May 2018). "Who is Yan Dhanda? Meet the Liverpool starlet who just signed for Swansea City". WalesOnline. Archived from the original on 4 August 2018. Retrieved 13 July 2018.
  6. ^ Sanghera, Mandeep (23 May 2018). "Swansea City: Yan Dhanda signs from Liverpool". BBC Sport. Archived from the original on 25 October 2018. Retrieved 13 July 2018..
  7. ^ "Potter's Swansea come from behind to win at Sheff Utd". BBC Sport. 4 August 2018. Archived from the original on 4 August 2018. Retrieved 4 August 2018..
  8. ^ "Yan Dhanda becomes a Staggie". RCFC. Archived from the original on 21 June 2022. Retrieved 21 June 2022.
  9. ^ "ENGLAND UNDER-16S DISAPPOINTED AFTER MONTAIGU OPENER". Football Association. 15 April 2014. Archived from the original on 16 January 2020. Retrieved 4 August 2018.
  10. ^ "Yan Dhanda: Who is Liverpool's history-making attacking midfielder?". 3 October 2017. Archived from the original on 4 August 2018. Retrieved 4 August 2018..
  11. ^ "Dhanda abuser on educational programme". Archived from the original on 10 December 2021. Retrieved 10 December 2021 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  12. ^ a b "Games played by Yan Dhanda in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 23 February 2020.
  13. ^ "Games played by Yan Dhanda in 2019/2020". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 23 February 2020.
  14. ^ "Games played by Yan Dhanda in 2020/2021". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 19 May 2021.
  15. ^ "Games played by Yan Dhanda in 2021/2022". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 9 December 2021.