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Tendayi Darikwa

Defender


Biography

Date of birth

13/12/1991

Height

187 cm

Signed

30/07/2015

Country

England

Burnley landed Chesterfield’s Player of the Year in the summer of 2015.

The highly-rated defender signed a three-year-deal, with an option for a further year, after the two clubs agreed an undisclosed fee.

The Clarets were one of many clubs vying for the Nottingham-born full back’s signature, who started his career at Chesterfield and penned his first professional contract with the Spireites in 2010.

After making his debut against Burton Albion in the FA Cup, following a loan spell with Barrow, Darikwa began to establish himself as a first-team regular at the Proact Stadium.

He was an integral part of the Spireites side that won the League Two title in 2013/14, after being converted from a right winger to a right-back by former boss John Sheridan.

He then made 56 appearances in all competitions as Chesterfield reached the League One Play-Off semi-finals, where they lost out to eventual winners Preston North End in 2015, with his performances earning him the Player of the Year and Players’ Player of the Season awards.

Darikwa made his Burnley debut against Leeds United at Elland Road on the opening day of the 2015/16 season and provided the assist for Sam Vokes' leveller in a 1-1 draw.

He continued to impress in the first half of the 2015/16 season, making 24 appearances and scoring his first Championship goal against Reading before making way for Matt Lowton as Burnley went on to win promotion and the title.

And he was then unable to displace Lowton or on-loan Liverpool defender Jon Flanagan following the Clarets’ elevation.

Darikwa started all five of Burnley’s cup games during the 2016/17 season but didn’t make it past the bench on Premier League duty.