About Kenyan international Clarke Oduor

Clarke Oduor is a Kenyan born player who grew up in England and is currently playing for English team Barnsley as a full-back.

He lives in Leeds and his role model in football is Barcelona and Argentine forward, Lionel Messi. His favourite position in the field is attacking midfield and he aspires to one day play for English Premier League side, Arsenal FC.

Basketball would have been his preferred sport if he had not pursued a career in football.

Pro career

The youngster began his career at Leeds United’s academy and penned a professional deal with the club on January 16, 2017.

His professional debut for the team was on January 6, 2019 as a substitute for Leif Davis during a 2-1 defeat to Queens Park Rangers in the third round of the FA Cup.

He went on to sign a new contract at Leeds and extended it until the end of the 2019-20 season where he signed a four year deal to join Barnsley in August 2019 and made his first appearance for the team on December 7, 2019, which also marked his first championship appearance.

First appearance

His first appearance in the Championship was on December 14, 2019, where he played left-back for his team, a change from his natural position as a center-attacking midfielder.

One of the major highlights of his career is when he received his first Man of the Match Award in a game against then Championship league toppers West Bromwich on December 26, 2019.

Another highlight of his career is when he scored the vital goal against Brentford that saved his team from the jaws of relegation.

“It was a humbling moment for me since I was able to help my team to remain in the Championship,” says Oduor.

He made his debut for the Kenya national team, Harambee Stars, in the international friendly match against Zambia on Friday, October 9, 2020.