Player of the Day: Dickson Etuhu


Nigerian international midfielder in the spotlight.

Nigerian international midfielder Dickson Etuhu spent the 2007-08 season at Sunderland, making 21 appearances.

The powerful midfielder scored his only goal for the Black Cats in a 2-0 home success over Wigan Athletic as Roy Keane’s side went on to finish 15th in the top-flight.

Etuhu began his career with Manchester City, making 12 league appearances for the Citizens before joining Preston North End in 2002.

In five years at Deepdale, the Nigerian helped the Lilywhites to the Championship playoff final and, though they lost to West Ham United, he would get his bow in the top-flight with Norwich City a season later.

In total, Dickson made 149 appearances for North End before moving to Carrow Road, initially on loan, in 2006.

The Nigerian was once again ever-present as he racked up 70 appearances in just over two years in Norfolk.

Keane brought the Kano-born midfielder to Wearside ahead of the 2007-08 campaign for a fee of £1.5million.

He featured regularly alongside Dean Whitehead and Liam Miller over the course of the campaign with the former providing the assist for Etuhu’s only Sunderland goal.

In August 2008, he moved to Fulham where he would make 126 appearances as the Craven Cottage outfit were UEFA Europa League runners-up in 2009.

Blackburn Rovers came in for the Nigerian international ahead of the 2012-13 season and he moved to Lancashire in August 2012.

Since his move to Ewood Park, Etuhu has made 22 appearances and he scored his only goal for the club in a 1-1 draw at Charlton Athletic.

Capped 17 times by Nigeria, Etuhu featured at 2010 World Cup whilst his brother, Kelvin, currently plies his trade for Barnsley in the Championship.