With Chelsea’s newest signing having put pen to paper on his contract, it is time to round up the background information about the young player…
Where is Noni Madueke from?
Chukwunonso Tristan Madueke, to give him his full name, was born in the north London suburbs, in Barnet to be precise. He later lived and played junior football further out on that side of town yet it was in south London where he first become involved with a professional football club, joining Crystal Palace at the age of nine.
Three years later he returned to the north of the capital when joining Tottenham’s academy where, having scored 25 goals in 22 games in his first season and become the U16 team captain, he progressed to play in their Under-18s by the age of 15 before a big career change.
Against the backdrop of interest from other Premier League clubs, Madueke became one of the recent collection of young prospects from England to switch to another European league for the next step on the ladder.
He moved to the Netherlands and one of their biggest clubs – signing a three-year contract with PSV in 2018. In Eindhoven, he went straight into the Under-19 side where he was under the coaching wing of former PSV, Manchester United and Real Madrid striker Ruud van Nistelrooy.
Madueke’s attacking impact in the 2019/20 season quickly won minutes for Jong PSV, their second string side that plays in the Dutch second tier. He scored four goals and supplied one assist in five starts.
During that same season, aged 17, he was also handed three substitute appearances for PSV’s first team, the second one against Ajax, before his full debut in March 2020. That was in a league game away against Groningen.
Season 2020/21 was the real breakthrough for the teenager. He played 32 times, including 24 appearances in the Eredivisie and seven in the Europa League competition. His first goal for the senior side came in the second game of the season, a 2-1 win in September 2020 at home to Emmen.
It was followed by eight more goals that campaign, including a brace against Den Haag and a first European goal at home to PAOK. Madueke also assisted for eight goals that season and earned praise for his hard work.
What trophies has Noni Madueke won?
In 2021/22 there were two goals in Champions League qualifiers and nine overall, plus six assists, in 35 appearances. A big highlight was a double strike in a 4-0 hammering of Ajax in the Johan Cruyff Shield, the Netherlands’ equivalent of the Community Shield. Injury ruled Madueke out of an appearance in another trophy win over the Amsterdam club at the end of the season, in the Dutch Cup, but he had scored and assisted in the quarter-final against Breda and played in the semi.
Madueke endured a delayed start to the current campaign due to an ankle injury but, now back under the management of Van Nistelrooy who had taken over the first-team reins, Madueke returned in October and scored in his third game back. He featured in PSV’s Europa League group-stage games against Arsenal.
How many goals has Noni Madueke scored and how many games did he play for PSV?
In total, Madueke made 80 appearances for PSV, scoring 20 goals, 11 in the Dutch league, with an assists total of 14.
How many international caps does Noni Madueke have?
At international level, Madueke featured for England at Under-16 level and played at the 2019 European Under-17 Championships under coach Steve Cooper. He continued to rise to the Under-21s for whom he made his debut at the European Under-21 Championships in March 2021, shortly after his 19th birthday. He has four caps at that level, playing with Conor Gallagher and earning rave reviews for some of his performances.
What squad number does Noni Madueke wear?
Madueke’s Chelsea shirt number will be announced soon. Most recently at PSV he has been no.10.
What position does Noni Madueke play?
A skilful, creative, direct-running and rapid left-footed attacking player, he can play through the middle but is more regularly out wide, often on the right.
‘The person that made me want to play football was Cristiano Ronaldo when he was playing for Manchester United,’ Madueke said back in 2021. ‘He was my idol. I grew up watching him.’
How old is Noni Madueke?
He was born on 10 March 2002 so is 20 years old. It is a birthday he shares with Chelsea Football Club! We were founded on that day in 1905.
Last year, when remembering back to his move from England to play abroad, Madueke said: ‘I think I was the first one to do it at 16. I wasn’t really worried about moving country. Football is football.
‘Most of the boys want to come back anyway to prove themselves in England.’
Now he has his chance…