It’s been 11 years and a day since Nathan Delfouneso scored his first Premier League goal for Aston Villa. The academy graduate came off the bench with Villa were drawing 1-1 against Portsmouth and tapped in from close range to seal all three points for his boyhood club.
Delfouneso was tipped to become a ‘future England star’ after rising through the youth ranks to Villa’s first-team, but he failed to reach his potential. The 30-year-old struggled to hold down a starting place due to stiff competition in attack and was sent out on loan to a number of clubs to get playing time.
Delfouneso made 11 appearances for Burnley (March 1, 2011 – May 1, 2011), five appearances for Leicester City (January 1, 2012 – February 1, 2012), 53 appearances for Blackpool (August 31, 2012 – May 31, 2013) (August 16, 2013 – January 2, 2014) and 14 appearances for Coventry City (January 30, 2014 – May 31, 2014), before joining Blackpool permanently on a free transfer in 2014.
He scored nine goals in 52 games for Villa and now plys his trade at Bolton Wanderers after joining the Trotters last summer.