- Full Name
- Leonardo Ulloa
- Date of Birth
- 26 July 1986
- 6'2" (188cm)
- 14st 0lbs (89kg)
- Professional Debut
- 6 August 2013
Leonardo Ulloa joined Leicester City on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee in July 2014, after spending a season and a half with Championship side Brighton and Hove Albion.
At 6ft 3ins, the Argentine hitman provides an imposing presence in City’s attack, with a great ability to hold the ball up as well as a reputation as a deadly finisher, with 11 goals in his first season at King Power Stadium.
Ulloa made his presence felt again during the 2015/16 campaign with six goals, many of them crucial ones, to help fire City towards their first-ever Premier League title.
In total, Ulloa scored 26 goals in 58 appearances in all competitions for Brighton in the 18 months since his move from Spanish side Almeria, and provided a powerful platform for the Seagulls’ attacking play.
Operating as both a lone striker or accompanied by supporting forwards, the Argentine front-man helped fire Brighton into the Championship Play-Offs last term, scoring crucially at Nottingham Forest on the final day of the season to secure a top-six finish.
Ulloa’s career began in Argentina in 2002 with second division outfit CAI, before he stepped up to the top flight with San Lorenzo three years later.
Following spells with Arsenal Sarandi and Olimpo, a move to Europe beckoned for the talented forward and he joined Castellon in the Spanish second division in 2008.
Ulloa began to make an impression in Spain immediately, scoring 16 times in his debut season and a further 14 the following year, despite Castellon’s relegation from the second tier.
Ulloa, however, was progressing in the opposite direction and earned a move to top flight side Almeira in 2010. Almeira were unable to retain their Primera Liga status that season and missed out on an immediate return the following year, despite their talismanic frontman leading the second division’s scoring charts with 28 goals.
A move for Ulloa seemed inevitable and it arrived some six months later when he joined Brighton in the January transfer window of 2013.
Leo made a dream start at the American Express Community Stadium, scoring on his debut in an FA Cup Fourth Round tie against Arsenal and finding the net a further nine times before the end of the campaign.
Brighton were ultimately vanquished in the play-offs by Crystal Palace that season, just as they were by Derby County last term, but Ulloa got his shot at the Premier League in the blue of Leicester City.
Ulloa got off to a superb start in his debut season for City, netting five times in his first five appearances, including a double in the 5-3 win over Manchester United.
The 2014/15 season would see the striker go on to notch a total of 13 goals in 40 appearances in all competitions, eventually ending the campaign as City’s top scorer.
At the time, it made him the sixth Leicester player ever to score over 10 Premier League goals in a single season.