Marc Albrighton | 10 interesting facts on our loan arrival

Marc Albrighton in a WBA shirt holding a ball

Check out some of the crucial moments from Marc Albrighton's impressive career following his loan move to The Hawthorns from Leicester City...

Marc was born in November 1989 in Tamworth. He spent his early football years playing in Aston Villa’s academy, before going on to make his first-team debut in a UEFA Cup clash away to Russian side CSKA Moscow in February 2009. The winger would spend a further five years at Villa Park, leaving to join Leicester City in the summer of 2014.

On December 21 2011, Marc scored the Premier League’s 20,000th goal in a 2-1 home defeat to Arsenal. As a result of scoring a landmark goal in the competition’s history, he was awarded with a £20,000 cheque from league sponsors Barclays which was then donated to his chosen charity, Acorns Children’s Hospice.

Albrighton's goal against Arsenal was a famous one in Premier League history

Albion’s new loan signing represented England at youth level, making a handful of appearances for the U20 and U21 sides.

During his first season at Leicester City, Albrighton helped the club escape relegation to the Championship as Nigel Pearson’s men recorded seven wins from their last nine games. The Foxes would go on to finish 14th in the division despite being bottom at Christmas with just 10 points to their name.

Marc celebrates scoring for the Foxes in the 2014/15 Premier League campaign

Albrighton scored his first goal of the remarkable 2015/16 campaign in the very first game – a 4-2 victory over Sunderland at the King Power Stadium. He would go on to feature in every single Premier League match that season, playing a crucial role in the Foxes’ incredible trot to the title. 

On September 14 2016, Marc scored Leicester City’s first ever goal in the UEFA Champions League, finding the net in a 3-0 triumph away from home against Belgian outfit Club Brugge. He would go on to make nine appearances in total in the prestigious European club competition as Leicester made it to the last eight where they were narrowly eliminated by Spanish giants Atletico Madrid.

Leicester City's maiden UEFA Champions League goal was scored by Albion's new signing

Albrighton featured for Leicester City in the UEFA Europa League during the 2020/21 campaign. The winger played five times in the tournament as the Foxes were knocked out by Slavia Prague of the Czech Republic in the round of 32.

Marc’s season in European competition may have fallen short, but domestically, Leicester City pulled off arguably one of their greatest achievements by winning the Emirates FA Cup for the first time. Albrighton started the final against Chelsea as a substitute but came on as early as the 34th minute. The Foxes won it thanks to a second-half strike from Youri Tielemans. 

Albrighton tasted Emirates FA Cup success in 2020/21

The 33-year-old has amassed 310 appearances across 14 different seasons in the Premier League. Albrighton has a record of 44 assists and 20 goals in the top flight of English football.

Marc has made exactly 400 appearances in club football. He scored for Leicester City in his most recent game – a 2-2 draw with Brighton in the Premier League at the King Power Stadium. 

The winger scored in his final Foxes appearance before moving to the Baggies on loan
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