Hamza Choudhury
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Hamza Choudhury

Hamza Choudhury has been at Leicester City since 2005, going on to make over a century of appearances for the Foxes, captaining the Club on several occasions and appearing in the 2021 Emirates FA Cup triumph.
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Full Name
Hamza Choudhury
Date of Birth
1 October 1997
5'10" (178cm)
10st 1lbs (64kg)
Professional Debut
10 August 2016

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Choudhury joined the Club's Academy at the age of just seven and, as well as climbing through the ranks, was regularly a ball boy at King Power Stadium. Now, the tough-tackling midfielder is a First Team player with a host of accolades under his belt.

Hamza, whose father is from Grenada, but whose mother and stepfather are Bangladeshi, became the first person of South Asian origin living in England to play in the Premier League.

The former England Under-21s international starred for both the Club's Under-18s and Under-21s teams during the early years of his development. He was a part of the Under-18s side which became only the second from Leicester to reach the semi-finals of the FA Youth Cup in 2014/15, before embarking on a loan spell to Burton Albion.

Thirteen appearances at Pirelli Stadium followed for the Leicester-born midfielder as Nigel Clough's men won promotion to the Championship, prompting the Brewers to extend his loan in 2016/17.

Another 13 outings followed in the second tier before Choudhury returned to Leicester, where he would later captain an Under-21s side to win the Hong Kong Soccer Sevens summer tournament in May 2017. Choudhury retained the captain's armband for domestic fixtures the following season, a campaign which would also include his Foxes and Premier League debuts.

Firstly, he held his own in a Carabao Cup success over Liverpool in September 2017, before also starring in a Premier League victory against Tottenham Hotspur the following November. The next season (2018/19) Hamza established himself in the First Team, playing a key part in back-to-back victories against Chelsea and Manchester City over the festive period.

In November, meanwhile, Choudhury signed a new contract with the Football Club to 2022 and later represented England at the UEFA U21 European Championship in Italy.

Under Brendan Rodgers' management, he has continued to be utilised regularly, making a total of 29 appearances in all competitions in 2019/20 despite the suspension of football due to COVID-19. Another 22 outings followed in 2020/21, including a cameo in the triumphant Emirates FA Cup victory over Chelsea, while he also netted in Europe during a group stage success over AEK Athens in the UEFA Europa League.

He also helped his side reach the semi-finals of the UEFA Europa Conference League in 2021/22, before spending the following campaign on loan at Watford in the Sky Bet Championship. Returning to Leicester City in the summer of 2023, Choudhury has once again become a useful figure for another Foxes Manager, Enzo Maresca, utilised as an inverted full-back.

That was cemented further in September of that year when Hamza signed a new four-year deal at the Club. A heroic defensive display against West Bromwich Albion, meanwhile, which earned Choudhury the Player of the Match award, helped the Foxes secure a crucial victory on home soil on the way to being crowned as Sky Bet Championship champions.

Backing that up with an assist during the 5-0 rout of Southampton three days later, which put Leicester on the brink of automatic promotion back to the Premier League, the versatile midfielder made a total of 34 league appearances across the campaign. 

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