Freddie Ladapo

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Freddie Ladapo

Crystal Palace

Striker

01.02.1993

Nigerian

Freddie, born in Romford, England, is a powerful and robust forward who at youth level for Colchester United scored close to a goal a game. Whilst a Colchester player, he made appearances on loan for teams including Chelmsford City, Thurrock, Bishop's Stortford, Woking and Nuneaton Town.

Freddie signed his first professional contract with Colchester in March 2012, before making his debut in League One when he came on as a 68th minute substitute for Gavin Massey in a 3–1 home defeat to Brentford on 26 December 2012. His second appearance came as a 66th minute substitute for Clinton Morrison in a 0–0 away draw against Hartlepool United on 5 March 2013.

In June 2013, Freddie signed a new one-year contract to keep him with Colchester for a further season, looking to add to his four first-team appearances he made during the 2012–13 season.

On 24 January 2014, Freddie joined Conference side Kidderminster Harriers on a free transfer from Colchester United, becoming one of new manager Andy Thorn's first signings. Signing an 18 month contract, Freddie was registered in time to face Premier League club Sunderland in the FA Cup fourth round the following day. He made his Harriers debut in the game as a 68th minute substitute in front of a crowd of 25,081 as Kidderminster went down 1–0, with Freddie coming extremely close to netting a stunning equaliser with a great strike that had beaten the keeper but veered narrowly wide.

After a managerial change at Kidderminster shortly after Freddie's signing, opportunities to play were not present and so on 11 March 2014, Freddie joined Hayes & Yeading on loan, and scored two goals in a relegation battle. On 29th July 2014, Freddie joined Grays Athletic on loan for the remainder of the year, and announced his arrival with a hat-trick in a Memorial Trophy game against Tilbury.

Freddie scored 17 goals for Grays by the time 2015 arrived and after agreeing to leave Kidderminster by mutual consent (and with his loan at Grays expired), he signed for promotion chasing Margate on the 14th January 2015. Freddie's Margate career started where he had left off ; 4 goals in his first 5 games. By the end of March Freddie had scored 10 goals for Margate in total (including a hat-trick against the Met Police), meaning he stood at 27 goals for the season. Margate would eventually secure promotion via the play-offs to the Conference South - Freddie playing a starring role in the final against Hendon on 17th May 2015.

Freddie scored on his National League South debut for Margate on the 11th August, a late equalizer in a 2-2 draw at Whitehawk, and scored 9 League goals (and 12 in all competitions) by the turn of the New Year in an often struggling side - acquiring lots of admirers along the way as his goals were allied with exceptional work rate and numerous assists. His early 2016 form would get even better - man of the match awards commonplace as Freddie's all round centre forward play became much heralded. During the January transfer window a number of clubs made bids for Freddie's services, but after seeing the window out Freddie did play a trial game for Crystal Palace U21 against Watford on the 14th March 2016 - and he duly scored a hat-trick.

On 30th March 2016, Freddie completed a transfer to Premier League Crystal Palace, signing a deal running until the summer of 2018. Whilst not eligible for the first team until 1st July, Freddie continue to display fine form for Palace U21's - scoring a brace against Sheff Utd in his second U21 fixture for them.

In pre-season for the 2016/17 year, Freddie travelled to the US with the Palace first team and made his first appearances for Alan Pardew's senior side against Philadelphia and Cincinnati. Freddie's first goal for the Palace first team came against Wimbledon in a pre-season friendly on the 27th July. When the season started proper, Freddie was delighted to be named as a substitute for Palace's opening Premier League fixture against West Brom on the 13th August 2016 - whilst unused on the day, for Freddie to make the bench in the Premier League less than five months after leaving the sixth flight of English football was some achievement.

Thereafter, Freddie was sent out on loan to League One club Oldham and on the 8th October he scored the first Football League goal of his career - a super strike away to Gillingham. His second goal came on his next start, against League leaders Scunthorpe on 18th October. After 12 starts in League One for Oldham, Freddie then moved on loan to Shrewsbury Town (on 6th January 2017) and he would score four goals in 10 starts for them.

After a strong pre-season back at Crystal Palace in advance of the 2017/18 Premier League competition, managerial changes perhaps slowed his progress but Freddie finally made his competitive and Premier League bow for Palace under new manager Roy Hodgson on 30th September 2017 - entering the field of play in the 74th minute away to none other than Manchester United at Old Trafford.




































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