Elvis Manu
Personal information
Full name Elvis Kofi Okyere Wiafe Manu[1]
Date of birth (1993-08-13) 13 August 1993 (age 27)
Place of birth Dordrecht, Netherlands
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Position(s) Winger, forward
Club information
Current team
Ludogorets Razgrad
Number 10
Youth career
SC Amstelwijck
SSW
2005–2012 Feyenoord
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2015 Feyenoord 33 (8)
2012–2013Excelsior (loan) 20 (8)
2014Cambuur (loan) 15 (5)
2015–2017 Brighton & Hove Albion 10 (0)
2016Huddersfield Town (loan) 5 (0)
2016–2017Go Ahead Eagles (loan) 14 (2)
2017–2018 Gençlerbirliği 24 (4)
2018–2019 Akhisarspor 28 (7)
2019–2020 Beijing Renhe 12 (1)
2020– Ludogorets Razgrad 24 (6)
National team
2008–2009 Netherlands U16 4 (1)
2009 Netherlands U17 2 (0)
2011–2012 Netherlands U19 8 (1)
2012 Netherlands U20 1 (0)
2014 Netherlands U21 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 31 July 2021
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22:55, 1 February 2015 (UTC)

Elvis Kofi Okyere Wiafe Manu (born 13 August 1993) is a Dutch-born Ghanaian professional footballer who plays as a winger for Ludogorets Razgrad in the Bulgarian First League.

Manu has represented the Netherlands from the U16 through to the U21 age group. However, on 24 June 2015, he switched his national allegiance to Ghana, whom he qualifies for through his Ghanaian heritage.[2]

Club career

Feyenoord

After progressing through Feyenoord's youth academy, Manu signed a professional contract with the club in 2012. Manu made his professional debut for Feyenoord on 26 February 2012, in a 2–3 away defeat to PSV, coming on for Jerson Cabral in the 90th minute.[3] He scored his first professional goal for the club in a 2–3 away victory to Heerenveen, in Feyenoord's final game of the 2011–12 season.[4]

Loan spells

After making his first appearances for Feyenoord during the 2011–12 season, Manu was loaned out to Eerste Divisie side Excelsior at the start of the 2012–13 campaign, along with 4 other Feyenoord players.[5]

After returning to Feyenoord at the beginning of 2013–14 season, Manu was loaned out once again on 9 January 2014, joining Eredivise side SC Cambuur until the end of the season.[6]

Feyenoord first team

After spending most of the previous two seasons out on loan, Manu broke into the Feyenoord first team during the 2014–15 season, becoming a regular for the club. Manu was on the bench in Feyenoord's first game of the 2014–15 season, a 1–2 defeat at home to Beşiktaş in the Champions League third qualifying round, Manu came on in the 65th minute for Wesley Verhoek to make his European debut.[7] His first goal of the season came on 6 August 2014, on the return leg to Beşiktaş just seven days later, his goal came in the 74th minute, however he was unable to prevent Beşiktaş triumphing 5–2 on aggregate.[8]

Feyenoord were thus knocked of the Champions League and demoted to the Europa League. In the Europa League play-off round, against Zorya Luhansk, Manu scored in the 90th minute to put Feyenoord 4–3 ahead and send them into the Europa League group stage for the first time in six years.[9] Feyenoord went on to win their group, with Manu scoring in both of the matches against Standard Liège.[10][11] In the knockout stages, Feyenoord faced Roma, with Manu scoring in the return leg, however Feyenoord lost 2–3 on aggregate.[12] Manu went on to make 35 appearances and score 12 goals in all competitions for Feyenoord during the 2014–15 season.

Brighton and Hove Albion

On 29 August 2015, Manu joined Championship club Brighton & Hove Albion for an undisclosed fee.[13] He made his Brighton debut in a 0–0 draw, away to Wolverhampton Wanderers on 19 September 2015, coming on at half-time for Tomer Hemed.[14] He returned from his Huddersfield Town loan on 9 August 2016. In his first game for Brighton after the conclusion of his loan spell, Manu scored his first goal for the club in a 4–0 League Cup victory at home to Colchester United.[15] Manu also scored for Brighton in his second appearance for the club in the 2016–17 season, a 2–4 League Cup victory over Oxford United.[16]

Huddersfield Town (loan)

On 1 February 2016, Manu joined Championship club Huddersfield Town on loan until 2 May 2016.[17] He made his Huddersfield debut as a substitute in a 2–1 defeat against Preston North End on 6 February 2016, coming on in the 78th minute for Harry Bunn.[18]

Manu was recalled from his loan spell at Huddersfield on 30 March 2016, after he found his chances limited at the club.[19]

Go Ahead Eagles (loan)

On 31 December 2016, Manu joined Eredivisie side Go Ahead Eagles on loan for the remainder of the 2016–17 season.[20][21] On 8 May 2017, Go Ahead Eagles announced that the club has decided to end the loan of Manu prematurely due to unprofessional behavior before the game with Ajax, which was lost by 4 – 0 the day before the announcement.[22]

Gençlerbirliği

On 10 July 2017, Manu joined Turkish side Gençlerbirliği on a two-year contract.[23]

Akhisarspor

In July 2018, Manu signed for Akhisarspor.[24] He made his debut in the 2018 Turkish Super Cup against Galatasaray.[25]

Beijing Renhe

In July 2019, Manu joined Chinese Super League side Beijing Renhe.[26]

International career

Manu has represented the Netherlands in the U16, U17, U19, U20 and U21 levels. However, on 24 June 2015, he switched his national allegiance to Ghana, whom he qualifies for through his Ghanaian heritage. He is yet to play for their national team.[27]

Career statistics

As of 6 May 2021.[28]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Europe Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Feyenoord 2011–12 Eredivisie 4 1 0 0 0 0 4 1
2012–13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013–14 1 0 1 0 2[a] 0 4 0
2014–15 27 7 1 0 9[b] 5 37 12
2015–16 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 33 8 2 0 11 5 46 13
Excelsior (loan) 2012–13 Eerste Divisie 20 8 1 1 21 9
Cambuur (loan) 2013–14 Eredivisie 15 5 0 0 15 5
Brighton & Hove Albion 2015–16 Championship 8 0 1 0 0 0 9 0
2016–17 2 0 0 0 3 2 5 2
Total 10 0 1 0 3 2 14 2
Huddersfield Town (loan) 2015–16 Championship 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Go Ahead Eagles (loan) 2016–17 Eredivisie 14 2 0 0 0 0 14 2
Gençlerbirliği 2017–18 Süper Lig 24 4 2 2 26 6
Akhisarspor 2018–19 Süper Lig 28 7 7 2 1 0 5[a] 1 41 10
Beijing Renhe 2019 Chinese Super League 12 1 0 0 12 1
Ludogorets Razgrad 2020–21 First League 22 4 4 1 6[a] 5 32 10
Career total 182 39 17 6 4 2 22 11 225 58
  1. ^ a b c Appearances in UEFA Europa League
  2. ^ Two appearances and a goal in UEFA Champions League, seven appearances and four goals in UEFA Europa League

References

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  2. ^ "Elvis Manu holds talks with Ghana FA boss over nationality switch". Ghana Soccer. Retrieved 11 September 2015.
  3. ^ "PSV 3–2 Feyenoord". Goal.com. Retrieved 11 September 2015.
  4. ^ "Heerenveen 2–3 Feyenoord". SC Heerenveen. Retrieved 11 September 2015.
  5. ^ "Elvis Manu: Excelsior loan" (in Dutch). FR12.NL. Retrieved 26 September 2015.
  6. ^ "Elvis Manu: SC Cambuur loan". Modern Ghana. Retrieved 26 September 2015.
  7. ^ "Feyenoord 1–2 Beşiktaş". Goal.com. Retrieved 26 September 2015.
  8. ^ "Beşiktaş 3–1 Feyenoord". Goal.com. Retrieved 26 September 2015.
  9. ^ "Feyenoord 3–2 Zorya Luhansk". Sofa Score. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
  10. ^ "Feyenoord 2–1 Standard Liège". UEFA. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
  11. ^ "Standard Liège 0–3 Feyenoord". UEFA. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
  12. ^ "Feyenoord 1–2 Roma". Goal.com. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
  13. ^ "Elvis Manu: Feyenoord striker joins Brighton for undisclosed fee". BBC Sport. Retrieved 11 September 2015.
  14. ^ "Wolves 0–0 Brighton". BBC Sport. Retrieved 19 September 2015.
  15. ^ "Brighton & Hove Albion 4–0 Colchester United". BBC Sport. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
  16. ^ "Oxford United 2–4 Brighton". BBC Sport. Retrieved 23 August 2016.
  17. ^ "Elvis Manu: Huddersfield sign Brighton winger on loan". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
  18. ^ "Preston North End 2–1 Huddersfield Town". BBC Sport. Retrieved 26 March 2016.
  19. ^ "Elvis Manu: Brighton recall winger from Huddersfield Town loan". BBC Sport. Retrieved 1 April 2016.
  20. ^ "Manu heads to Holland". Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. Archived from the original on 1 January 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  21. ^ "Go Ahead Eagles strengthened with Elvis Manu" (in Dutch). Go Ahead Eagles. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  22. ^ "Go Ahead Eagles neemt per direct afscheid van Elvis Manu – Go Ahead Eagles". Go Ahead Eagles (in Dutch). 2017-05-08. Retrieved 2017-05-08.
  23. ^ "Elvis Manu leaves Brighton and signs with Genclerbirligi SK on two-year deal". BBC Sport. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  24. ^ "Elvis MANU'dan 3 yıllık imza". www.akhisarspor.com (in Turkish). Akhisarspor. 1 July 2018. Archived from the original on 10 August 2018. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  25. ^ "Galatasaray vs. Akhisarspor 1-1". www.soccerway.com. Soccerway. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  26. ^ "人和官宣荷兰快马加盟 曾帮助费耶诺德闯入欧联杯". Sina Sports (in Chinese). 2 July 2019. Retrieved 2 July 2019.
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  28. ^ Elvis Manu at Soccerway. Retrieved 12 October 2017.