Joleon Lescott

Date of birth: 16th August 1982
Place of birth: Birmingham, England
Nationality: English
Position: Defender
Year signed: 2015
Signed from: West Bromwich Albion
Fee signed for: £1 million

Born in Birmingham, Lescott first played as a goalkeeper and joined Wolverhampton Wanderers’ academy in 1999.

He made his first team début for the club, aged seventeen, on 13th August 2000 against Sheffield Wednesday at Molineux and was named as Wolves’ ‘Young player of the year’ for the next two seasons.

Lescott appeared regularly for Wolves, missing only one league game in the 2002-03 season, as the club secured promotion to the Premier League. Unfortunately, a knee injury that required surgery meant that Lescott missed the club’s entire Premier League season and could only watch as Wolves were relegated.

Recovered from surgery and back in the Championship, the unflappable Lescott continued to impress.

Having been named in the Championship team of the year for the 2005-06 season, Lescott completed a £5 million move to Everton in August 2006. His strong performances meant he was the players’ player of the year in the following two seasons.

In August 2009, Lescott left Everton, joining Manchester City for a reported fee of £22 million. He spent five seasons with the Citizens, making one hundred and seven appearances, scoring seven times, winning the Premier League title twice as well as the FA Cup and the League Cup.

Released by City, Lescott signed for West Bromwich Albion in 2014 on a free transfer. He made thirty-five appearances and scored once for the Baggies.

On 1st September 2015, it was announced that Lescott had joined Aston Villa, signing a two-year deal, for an initial fee of £1 million that could rise to £2 million.

Having proudly represented England at U-18, U-20, U-21 and England B levels, Lescott made his international senior début against Estonia on 13th October 2007, when he replaced Rio Ferdinand at half-time.

Lescott has twenty-six senior caps for England and has scored one for his national side.

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