Oladapo Afolayan
Oladapo Afolayan
Joining Date
January 2018
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A quick, direct centre forward with an eye for goal, Oladapo Afolayan joined West Ham United from non-league club Solihull Moors on transfer deadline day in January 2018.

The Harrow-born striker attended Chelsea's Academy as a youngster before his family moved to Canada, where he continued his footballing education with Toronto FC.

On returning to England at the age of 18, Afolayan began studying for a civil engineering degree at Loughborough University before being snapped up by National League club Solihull, for whom he scored 16 goals in 38 matches, and also spending time at the Jamie Vardy V9 Football Academy.



Appeared in West Ham United's opening four Premier League 2 Division 1 fixtures of the season, scoring in the 6-4 home defeat by Manchester City on 19 August 2018...Joined EFL League Two club Oldham Athletic on loan until the end of the 2018/19 season on 31 January 2019...Made his EFL debut for Oldham Athletic at Bury in League Two on 23 February 2019...Made ten League Two appearances for Oldham Athletic.


Joined West Ham United on a three-and-a-half year contract for an undisclosed fee on 31 January 2018...Made his Hammers debut in a 1-0 Premier League 2 Division 1 defeat at home to Sunderland on 5 February 2018...Started the 1-0 Premier League 2 Division 1 victory over Liverpool at Southport FC on 17 February 2018...Led the line in the 1-0 Premier League 2 Division 1 defeat by Chelsea in Dagenham on 11 March 2018.

Before West Ham

Spent six years in the Chelsea Academy as a youngster between the ages of nine and 15...Played in the same youth team as England age-group internationals Tammy Abraham and Dominic Solanke and Nigeria full-back Ola Aina...Moved to Canada with his family at the age of 15, where he trained with FC Toronto and played for the MLS club's reserve team...Returned to England and enrolled in a civil engineering course at Loughborough University, for whom he also played football in the Midland League...Spotted by Solihull Moors and joined the National League club in January 2017, scoring on his debut in a 3-0 home win over Sutton United on 11 February....Spent summer 2017 as one of 42 non-league players at the Jamie Vardy V9 Football Academy in Manchester...Scored eleven goals in 30 National League appearances for Solihull Moors in 2017/18.