Adil Nabi

Adil Nabi

Nabi playing for West Bromwich Albion in 2015
Personal information
Date of birth (1994-02-28) 28 February 1994
Place of birth Aston, Birmingham, England
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Peterborough United
Number 22
Youth career
2002–2013 West Bromwich Albion
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2016 West Bromwich Albion 0 (0)
2015Delhi Dynamos (loan) 10 (3)
2016– Peterborough United 8 (0)
National team
2009 England U16 2 (0)
2010–2011 England U17 9 (3)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 August 2016.

Adil Nabi (born 28 February 1994) is an English professional footballer who plays as a forward for Peterborough United.

He was an academy product at West Bromwich Albion, but never made a first-team appearance. Nabi was the first player to be loaned from the Premier League to the Indian Super League, playing in the 2015 season for the Delhi Dynamos.


West Bromwich Albion

Born in Aston, Birmingham, Nabi joined the academy of West Bromwich Albion as an eight-year-old.[1] After rising through the academy ranks, he signed his first professional contract with the club in 2011.[1] He was named in a matchday squad for the first time on 12 January 2013 in an away Premier League match at Reading, remaining unused as West Brom lost 3–2.[2] After the 2014–15 season, Nabi was named Albion's Young Player of the Season.[3] For the under-21 team, he recorded 26 goals and 12 assists in 73 games.[4]

Delhi Dynamos (loan)

On 28 August 2015 it was announced that Nabi would be loaned to the Delhi Dynamos of the Indian Super League for the 2015 season.[5] West Brom board member Adrian Wright stated that the move was for the benefit of all parties, rather than speculation that it was to increase the club's commercial interests in India.[4] Nabi was the first player to be loaned from a Premier League club to an ISL team.[6]

On 4 October, he made his professional debut for the Dynamos in their opening match of the season against Goa at the Fatorda Stadium, coming on as a 73rd-minute substitute for Chicão as they fell 2–0.[7] He played only 31 minutes of the first five matches of the season for Roberto Carlos' capital-based team, but said that he was experiencing a personal growth which would not have been possible had he been loaned to a lower-league English club.[6] On 19 November, he scored his first professional goal, opening a 3–1 win over FC Pune City at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.[8]

He added a second on 3 December, as the team who had already qualified for the play-offs came from behind to achieve a 3–3 home draw against Kerala Blasters.[9] In the last game of the regular season three days later, he scored again in a 2–3 loss to Goa,[10] and finished the season with 3 goals from 11 games as they were eliminated by the same team in the semi-finals; he was sent off for dissent on 15 December in a 3–0 away loss in the second leg.[11]

Peterborough United

On 21 January 2016, Nabi joined Peterborough United for an undisclosed fee, signing a contract lasting until 2019.[12] Two days later, as a 57th-minute substitute for Erhun Oztumer, he made his debut in English football, in the Posh's 2–1 loss to Gillingham in League One.[13] On 13 February, he made his first start for the team, in their 0–4 loss to Bradford City at London Road.[14]

Style of play

West Bromwich Albion academy manager Mark Harrison stated in November 2015 that Nabi was equally as gifted in technical and finishing abilities as the team's first-choice striker Saido Berahino, who had partnered Nabi at youth level.[15]

Personal life

Nabi is of Pakistani descent.[5] His younger brothers Samir and Rahis Nabi play as midfielders in West Bromwich Albion's academy.[16][17]


  1. 1 2 "'I'll return from India experience a different person'". Premier League. 5 September 2015. Retrieved 6 October 2015.
  2. Oscroft, Tim (12 January 2013). "Reading 3-2 West Brom". BBC Sport. Retrieved 5 December 2015.
  3. "Adil Nabi named Albion Young Player of the Season". Express and Star. 27 May 2015. Retrieved 6 October 2015.
  4. 1 2 Stuart, Paul (10 September 2015). "Adil Nabi's loan to Delhi not commercially driven, says West Brom's marketing boss". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 19 November 2015.
  5. 1 2 "Adil Nabi: West Bromwich Albion loan striker to Delhi Dynamos". BBC Sport. 28 August 2015. Retrieved 6 October 2015.
  6. 1 2 "Adil Nabi struggling to get minutes at Delhi Dynamos". Express & Star. BBC Sport. 26 October 2015. Retrieved 19 November 2015.
  7. Bilgi, Sumedh (4 October 2015). "Indian Super League: FC Goa 2-0 Delhi Dynamos: Hosts get off to a winning start". Retrieved 6 December 2015.
  8. "ISL 2015: Dominant Delhi Dynamos conquer FC Pune City 3-1". Zee News. 19 November 2015. Retrieved 19 November 2015.
  9. Bali, Rahul (3 December 2015). "Indian Super League: Delhi Dynamos 3-3 Kerala Blasters: Sehnaj screamer rescues a point". BBC Sport. Retrieved 5 December 2015.
  10. Mitra, Atanu (6 December 2015). "Indian Super League: Delhi Dynamos 2-3 FC Goa: Romeo brace sparks comeback win for the Gaurs". Retrieved 6 December 2015.
  11. Trehan, Dev (15 December 2015). "West Brom's Adil Nabi sent off in last game on loan in India". Sky Sports. Retrieved 8 April 2016.
  12. "Peterborough United sign Harry Toffolo and Adil Nabi". BBC Sport. 21 January 2016. Retrieved 24 January 2016.
  13. "Gillingham 2-1 Peterborough". BBC Sport. 23 January 2016. Retrieved 24 January 2016.
  14. Swann, Alan (13 February 2016). "POSH REPORT: Peterborough United 0, Bradford City 4: One bad defeat doesn't kill a season". Peterborough Telegraph. Retrieved 24 February 2016.
  15. "Adil Nabi 'as good a finisher' as Berahino". Express & Star. 17 November 2015. Retrieved 19 November 2015.
  16. "Nabi brothers tipped for Premier League success at West Brom". Sky Sports. 17 April 2014. Retrieved 20 October 2015.
  17. "A Nabi hat-trick for the Albion academy". Express & Star. 17 November 2015. Retrieved 24 February 2016.

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