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Olayinka Fredrick Oladotun Ladapo

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Biography

Date of birth

01/02/1993

Height

183 cm

Signed

12/08/2016

Country

England

The Romford-born striker signed for the Eagles from Margate in March 2016 after impressing during a trial with the club's development team, where he netted a hat-trick against Watford.

Ladapo had started his career playing for Colchester United in League One where he spent four seasons, however the majority of which saw him out on loan learning his trade in non-league football.

27 goals spread across stints at Grays Athletic and Margate saw him come to Palace's attention, and after impressing for the second-string team he was handed a two-and-half year contract.

The attacker featured for the Palace first-team for the first time during the summer of 2016, including travelling with the squad for the tour of the USA and Canada, and made his first appearance against Philadelphia Union. He grabbed his first goal in a 3-2 friendly win against AFC Wimbledon and was named on the bench for Palace’s opening two Premier League games.

He then joined Oldham Atheletic on loan until the turn of the year, scoring three times in 22 games before switching to Shrewsbury Town where he fired in four goals in 15 games to help the Shrews beat the drop.

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