DATE OF BIRTH9 October 1995
Southwark-born Fankaty Dabo signed for Chelsea after a six-week trial period at Under-12 level and featured everywhere in his schoolboy years before finding a regular position at right-back. He made a spectacular arrival in the youth team, making his debut as an Under-15 on the final day of the 2010-11 campaign and scoring in a 2-1 defeat to Charlton.
Still a schoolboy in 2011-12, Dabo predominantly featured for Joe Edwards’ Under-16 side, though made a few substitute appearances for the youth team in a more attacking wide-right role, before establishing himself as a regular in the defence in his debut season as a scholar. He scored on the opening day of the campaign in a 6-1 victory over Manchester City and his solid displays and leadership qualities were rewarded with over a dozen appearances for Dermot Drummy’s Under-21s.
Fankaty was an unused substitute in the final of the NextGen Series, having featured in the earlier rounds, and was involved in the FA Youth Cup as Adi Viveash’s side reached the final but were ultimately beaten by Norwich.
His time in 2013/14 was split between the two age groups, playing his part in both the Under-21 league triumph and the Youth Cup success. He scored in a 4-0 win over Dartford in the third round of the cup before going on to feature in seven of the eight ties in the competition, occasionally at left-back, as the Under-18s were victorious over Fulham in a dramatic final.
Since progressing from youth team football he has been a regular in the Under-21 side, making 44 appearances in the past two seasons. Fankaty has represented England, most recently at the Under-20 age group but he was also a part of the Under-16s' Victory Shield win in 2010. He remains eligible to play for Sierra Leone.
Fankaty, whose current deal runs until the summer of 2019, joined Swindon Town for the second half of the 2016/17 season in January. He made his senior football debut in a League One win away at Bolton and retained his place, scoring his first goal for Swindon against big rivals Oxford, although the match ended in defeat. Dabo ended his time at Swindon having made 15 appearances.
It was announced on 25 June 2017 that he would be spending the following season on loan in the Dutch top flight at Vitesse. He gained valuable experience in the Netherlands, playing 32 times including some matches in the Europa League, a competition Vitesse successfully qualified for once again.
As the transfer window closed at the end of August 2018, it was announced Dabo would be spending a second season on loan in the Netherlands, this time at Sparta Rotterdam.