5 things to know about Nigerian-born Birmingham forward Viv Solomon-Otabor

| December 17, 2018 | 0 Comments

1.    Viv Solomon-Otabor is 22-years-old

Born in London, England on January 2, 1996, Viv Efosa Solomon-Otabor is 22-years-old.

2.   Previous clubs

Viv Solomon-Otabor started his career with Hampton Richmond Borough and later moved on to Premier League giants Crystal Palace.

He received a scholarship to join Birmingham City youth team in 2012 and was there till 2014.


Viv Solomon-Otabor

He was promoted the first team of Birmingham City in 2014 and was sent on loan to English Conference North club Oxford City.

After just one loan spell he was retained for the 2015/16 season by manager Gary Rowett.

He remained at Birmingham City for another season but failed to establish himself in the starting line-up.

He was sent out o loan for the season time to English Championship side Bolton Wanderers for a half season but rarely featured.


Viv Solomon-Otabor

Upon returning from his loan he struggled to meet the demands of new manager Gianfranco Zola and was shipped out to Blackpool where he has found stability.

3.    International scene

Viv Solomon-Otabor was born in London and Eligible to play for the England youth teams across various levels.

In 2015, he was approached by the to join up with the U-23 team ahead of the 2015 U-23 Africa Cup of Nations which the Dream Team won.

He was expected to be called up to the team ahead of the football event of the 2016 Olympic Games but did not participate as the Nigerian team won a bronze medal.


England U-21

In 2018 he was offered a chance to play for the England U-21 team which includes NFF target Everton winger .

Aidy Boothroyd called him up for the 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifiers against Andorra and Scotland but declined the opportunity.

He has since confirmed that he is ready to play for Nigeria and is expected to be given a call-up to Dream Team for the .


Nigeria U-23 team

4.    Style of play

At 22-year-old, Viv Solomon-Otabor is still developing and has been continually loaned out to get more experience.

He is a right footed forward who can operate as a central striker or on either of the wide areas.

He is adapting well at in the English Championship where his explosive pace and is a useful weapon against lower team opponents.


Viv Solomon-Otabor 

He still needs to improve on his goal ratio and conversion rate to become a deadly forward and realise his true potential.

5. Personal life and awards

Viv Solomon-Otabor’s only individual award was when he won the Birmingham City Young Player of the Season in 2016.

He has not won any trophy at club or international level and his loan spells have been with lower league teams.


Super Eagles

Despite born in London his parents originated from Edo State, Nigeria, he is the nephew of former Super Eagles midfielder Thompson Oliha.

His father was a professional footballer Victor-Banks Otabor played for Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) giants Bendel Insurance, NNPC and Eagle Oil.

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