Wesley Fofana

Wesley Fofana

Wesley Fofana lifted the Emirates FA Cup at the conclusion of his debut season at Leicester City.
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Full Name
Wesley Fofana
Date of Birth
17 December 2000
6'3" (190cm)
13st 3lbs (84kg)
Professional Debut
7 November 2019

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Born in Marseille on 17 December, 2000, Wesley moved through the youth ranks of the French football system to become one of the most exciting prospects in Ligue 1. A fierce and committed defender of the ball, his style of play was developed across various academies near to his birth city of Marseille, up to the north of France and back down again before eventually settling in Saint-Étienne.

While the central eastern city of Saint-Étienne is known for its arts and history, its football club has been steadily building a reputation for developing some of the most highly-rated young defenders in the modern game.

In 2006, Fofana spent two years SC Repos Vitrolles, and then a further two at ES Mining Basin before a year at JS Des Pennes Mirabeau was followed by four years at SC Air Bel, based in Marseille.

It was in July 2015 that he headed to Saint-Étienne, first representing Saint-Étienne II before a breakthrough into the senior set up arrived in 2019 – the same year he lifted the Gambardella Cup with the Under-19s side after a 2-0 win over Toulouse in April.

His career at Saint-Étienne began to gather pace a year prior, in 2018, though, when he signed his first professional contract with Sainté, while 368 days later, his first team debut followed. At the age of 18, Fofana came off the bench to replace the injured Pierre Yves Polomat just 20 minutes into a crunch clash with OGC Nice as they went in search of a top-four finish and ultimately qualification for the UEFA Europa League.

A brace of goals from Robert Berić stole the headlines in a 3-0 win, but it also proved to be significant moment for Fofana, who after spending time in various academies, finally made his senior bow in Ligue 1.

His first start followed in a clash with Angers six days later, while his 20 appearances in all competitions, including a maiden goal for the Club against Nice in December 2019, helped them retain their top-flight status.

A further four appearances followed at the start of 2020/21, with Fofana securing three clean sheets for his side ahead of his switch to Leicester City. In England, the young Frenchman swiftly carved out a reputation as one of the most exciting defenders in the Premier League.

Alongside 28 outings in the top flight, Fofana also starred in the final of the Emirates FA Cup in May 2021 as the Foxes lifted the iconic trophy for the first time, courtesy of a 1-0 victory over Chelsea at Wembley Stadium. Later that month, Fofana also bagged the Club's Young Player of the Season award. 

In the summer of 2021, though, Fofana fractured his fibula during a 3-2 pre-season friendly victory over Villarreal at King Power Stadium, with manager Brendan Rodgers later stating he was most likely to return in 2022. On the cusp of that return, in March, Fofana signed a new five-and-a-half year deal.

In his first start since the injury, later the same month, 'Little Wes', as he is affectionally known by the Blue Army, delivered a fantastic performance - scoring the ultimately decisive goal for the Foxes at Rennes in second leg of the UEFA Europa Conference League Round of 16.  

He ended the 2021/22 campaign with 12 appearances to his name, playing a pivotal role in City's run to the semi-finals of a European competition for the first time, while also helping to spark an upturn in form which enabled Leicester to finish eighth in the Premier League.  

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