Danny Batth


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1990 (30 years old)

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Daniel Tanveer Batth (born 21 September 1990) is an English professional footballer who plays a defender for Stoke City.

He has additionally represented Colchester United, Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday on loan. He is of mixed English and Sikh Punjabi descent. He declared he wanted to represent India at international level in July 2017.

Born in Brierley Hill, West Midlands, Batth joined the Wolverhampton Wanderers Academy at the age of 15. He captained the youth team and overcame a dislocated shoulder in his reserve team debut, aged 16. He was one of seven academy graduates to sign a professional deal at the end of the 2008–09 season.

Batth had his first taste of first-team football when he was signed by Aidy Boothroyd for League One club Colchester United on loan on 17 September 2009. He made his Football League and professional debut two days later, starting in central defence alongside Magnus Okuonghae in a 2–0 win over Hartlepool United and earning the man of the match award. After making five starts during his first month with the club, Batth's loan was extended until the end of the season at the Colchester Community Stadium. He scored his first professional goal to secure a 1–0 victory against Oldham Athletic on 20 February 2010, nodding home a David Prutton corner to extend Colchester's run of games undefeated to five. Batth made 17 league starts for Colchester and made on substitute appearance, scoring one goal. Colchester occupied a play-off position during a large part of Batth's spell.

On his return to Molineux, Batth was named "Young Professional of the Year" at the club's end of season dinner. Following this, he made his competitive debut for Wolves in a League Cup extra time home win at the expense of Southend United on 24 August 2010. Three months later, he joined Sheffield United on loan for one month, where he would make just a single substitute league appearance before being recalled to Wolves' Premier League squad for games against Liverpool, West Ham United and Manchester City, where he was a substitute. Batth then went out on loan once again to Sheffield, only this time to arch-rivals Sheffield Wednesday. He joined the Owls on 16 March 2011 until the end of the season. His spell ended having made ten league appearances for the club.

Having impressed at Sheffield Wednesday during his loan stint the previous season, the club moved to re-sign him on loan once again, agreeing another six-month spell on 26 July 2011. In December 2011, the loan was extended to the end of the season, as the Owls challenged for promotion to the Championship. He scored in a 2–0 away win at Preston North End on New Year's Eve 2011, and a second league goal on 10 March 2012 in a 3–0 win against Bournemouth at Hillsborough. Batth finished his second stay at Sheffield Wednesday having totalled 49 appearances in all competitions, and having been part of their promotion as League One runners-up. He was voted runner-up in the club's "Player of the Season" award as a result of his fine season.

Batth began the 2012–13 season back at Wolves, with Sheffield Wednesday manager Dave Jones ruling out a return for the defender. Back in Wolves' colours, he scored the opening goal in a League Cup defeat of Northampton Town on 30 August 2012, and then scored first league goal for Wolves with a late equaliser in a 2–2 draw with Leeds United on 9 February 2013. In his first full season in the Wolves first-team, Batth accumulated twelve league and two cup appearances in addition to his two goals. The club were however relegated from the Championship at the end of the campaign and took up the option on Batth's contract of an additional year.

Following Wolves' relegation to League One, the club took on a new look installing Kenny Jackett as head coach for the 2013–14 season. One of his first acts as manager was to give Batth the vice-captaincy at the club. Wolves enjoyed a hugely successful season and gained automatic promotion back to the Championship with 4 games to spare. Batth was the only ever-present in the promotion-winning side, playing all 46 games in a season which Wolves set a new points total record for League One, 103. In January 2014 he signed a long-term deal with the club that runs until summer 2017. Batth was also named in the PFA League One Team of the Year

The 2014–15 season was Batth's first as a regular in the Championship and his impressive form from the previous season continued. He remained as the only ever-present since Kenny Jackett's arrival, playing in every game of a side that had won 50 out of 86 games. Wolves got off to a flying start maintaining a play-off position until mid-November as Batth formed a solid partnership with Richard Stearman. The club held the best defensive record in the league for the majority of the season, keeping 15 clean sheets along the way. Batth's presence in the opposition box started to become more apparent as he netted 3 league goals including an 88th-minute equaliser at Molineux as Wolves drew 1–1 with Brighton & Hove Albion. A string of commanding performances led to strong rumours of interest from local rivals Aston Villa. At the age of just 24 years old, Batth bought up his century of appearances for the club in a 2–1 defeat to Birmingham City. Wolves continued to be in the hunt for the play-offs with 2 games to play of the season. On 23 April it was revealed that Batth was facing a three-month layoff due to a stress fracture to his foot.

On 22 September 2016, the day after his 26th birthday, he signed a new four-year contract with Wolves to potentially tie him to the club until summer 2020.

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1 in the current 2020-2021 Season

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