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Graham Dorrans

Graham Dorrans
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* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 May 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 30 January 2013

Graham Dorrans (born 5 May 1987) is a Scottish footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for West Bromwich Albion and the Scotland national team. In the 2009–10 season, he helped West Brom gain promotion to the Premier League and was named in the Championship Team of the Year in the process. Dorrans has been described as a composed, creative, combative and consistent player.

Club career

Early career

Dorrans came from the Barlanark area of Glasgow and spent a period of his youth training with Scottish Premier League club, Rangers F.C. He began his career at Livingston. He spent the first half of the 2005–06 season on loan at Partick Thistle. He made 15 league appearances, scoring five goals, for the Glasgow side. Dorrans won the Scottish First Division Player's Player of the Year award at the end of the 2007–08 season.[2]

West Bromwich Albion

After some good performances for Livingston during the 2007–08 season, Dorrans was approached by West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Mowbray. In January 2008, Dorrans agreed to join West Brom at the end of the season for £200,000.[3] At the end of the 2007–08 season, Dorrans won the Scottish First Division Player's Player of the year award.[4] In July his move to Albion was completed, but for an initial £100,000, which could possibly rise to £150,000 depending on appearances.[5]

He made his debut in the English Premier League for West Bromwich Albion on 21 December 2008, coming on as a second half substitute against Manchester City.[6] He was involved in Albion's first goal and won praise from Tony Mowbray after the game.[6] Towards the end of the 2008–09 season, Dorrans signed an extended contract with West Brom.[7] On 15 May, West Brom confirmed that Dorrans would be out for the rest of the season with a broken metatarsal bone.

He scored his first goal for West Brom in a League Cup tie at Bury on 11 August 2009. The 2009/2010 season saw Dorrans break into the West Brom team and his performances for the Baggies has led to reported interest from several Premier League clubs. On 4 January 2010, Dorrans signed a new three and a half-year deal at the Baggies.[8] On 11 February the same year it was rumoured that Manchester City were ready to make a bid for Dorrans believed to be around £6 million.[9] He has since continued his fine form with a particularly notable 30-yard free kick against Preston North End on 21 March.[10] Dorrans was then named PFA fans' Championship player of the month for March 2010, following his impressive performances.[11]

In The Guardian on 20 March 2010 he was described as, "Composed, creative, combative and consistent, Dorrans is easily the best all-round midfielder seen at West Brom since Bryan Robson."[2]

In April 2010 West Brom rejected an offer of £4 million from West Ham United for Dorrans, and a further £5 million bid on 8 July 2010.[12] It was during this period that it was disclosed that former Livingston owner Angelo Massone had waived the financially stricken club's right to 20% of Dorrans' next transfer fee in return for £50,000. It was speculated that the windfall from Dorrans' potential transfer could have solved their financial problems.[13]

On 19 July 2010, Dorrans signed a new four-year deal with West Brom.[14]

International career

Dorrans represented Scotland at under-20 level and was selected for the 2007 U-20 World Cup in Canada.[15] As of May 2009, he had been selected five times for the Scotland national under-21 football team.[7] Dorrans was also selected for the Scotland B national football team in 2009, but withdrew due to injury.[7]

On 7 September 2009 Dorrans was called up for the first time for the senior squad to play the Netherlands in a crucial World cup qualifier. On 10 October 2009 he made his full Scotland debut in a friendly against Japan. Dorrans made his home debut for Scotland on 3 March 2010 in the 1–0 victory over the Czech Republic, earning the sponsors man of the match award for his efforts.

Career statistics

Club

As of 19 May 2013[16]
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
West Bromwich Albion 2008–09 8 0 3 0 0 0 11 0
2009–10 45 13 4 3 3 2 52 18
2010–11 21 1 1 0 3 0 25 1
2011–12 31 3 2 0 2 0 35 3
2012–13 26 1 1 0 1 0 28 1
Career Total 131 18 11 3 9 2 0 0 0 0 151 23

References

External links

  • West Bromwich Albion F.C.
  • Soccerbase
  • Graham Dorrans at National-Football-Teams.com

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