4

John Heitinga

Defender

Profile

Biography

Fulham announced the arrival of John Heitinga in the closing hours of the transfer window in January 2014.

The defender arrived on permanent deal from Everton, for whom he’d been playing since 2009, making 140 appearances in the process.

Heitinga began his career at Ajax having emerged from their famed youth academy, making his debut as a 17-year-old in August 2001. He played more than 200 matches for the Amsterdam outfit, before moving to Atletico Madrid for a reported £8.8m fee.

In his one season in Spain, Heitinga helped Madrid finish fourth in La Liga – behind Barcelona, Real Madrid and Sevilla – making 31 appearances and scoring three goals.

A move to Goodison then materialised, with Heitinga’s versatility coming in very useful for the Toffees over the years, with the Dutchman capable of playing right-back, central defence, or in midfield.

He has also been a regular in the Netherlands national side since his debut in 2004, and was part of the squad at the 2004, 2008 and 2012 European Championships, as well as the 2006 and 2010 World Cups – the latter of which saw him play in every game en route to, and including, the final.

External Links

Overall
Minutes played 893
Appearances 10
Substitutions (Off) 1
Offence
Goals 1
Minutes per goal 893.0
 »  Left Foot 1
 »  Inside Box 1
Shooting Accuracy  (On Target / Off Target) 2 / 2
Hit Woodwork 1
Chances Created 3
Assists 1
Movement
Touches 411
Passes (Successful) 194
 »  Short (Successful) 174
 »  Long (Successful) 20
Throw-ins (Successful) 20
Defence
Clean Sheets 2
Goals Conceded 21
 »  Inside Box / Outside Box 18 / 3
Tackles (Won) 9
Interceptions 13
Blocks 10
Clearances 67
Duels (Won) 26
 »  Ground Duels (Won) 16
 »  Aerial Duels (Won) 10
Discipline
Fouls (Committed / Suffered) 11 / 3
Bookings 2
Sent Off -