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Born: 28 Feb 1995
Where: Harrow, England
Joined Wycombe: August 2020 - Undisclosed fee - from Heart of Midlothian|
Wycombe Debut: Blackburn 5 Wycombe 0 - 19 Sep 2020 - Championship
First goal: Wycombe 1 Middlesbrough 3 - 2 Jan 2021 - Championship
Contracted until June 2023
Career summary at Wycombe:
2020/21 is first season at Wycombe
Uche Ikpeazu became Wanderers' first signing as a Championship club when the news was confirmed on Monday 17th August 2020 of the arrival of the striker from Scottish Premier side Heart of Midlothian. The 25-year-old was signed on a three year deal with no fee mentioned in either club's press statement at the time but believed to be a nominal, undisclosed, figure due to the two years remaining of Ikpeazu's contract with the Tynecastle side.
The Harrow born player started his pro career in the Youth set-up at Reading before spending three years at Watford where he would gain First Team experience during loan spells with Crewe, Doncaster, Port Vale and Blackpool. Then, after a trial with Norwich City in July 2016, signed for then League Two Cambridge United where he scored 22 goals in 80 First Team appearances. He moved to Hearts on a two year dealfor the start of the 2018/19 season and despite injuries, signed a contract extension in March 2019 running until June 2022. However, he fell out of favour with new Hearts boss Daniel Stendel during the 2019/20 campaign and his departure came as little surprise to those connected with the Scottish side. He finished with a playing record of scoring 10 goals in 55 games for Hearts.
Commenting at the time of his arrival at Adams Park, Wycombe Wanderers Manager Gareth Ainsworth said: ďUche is a player Iíve always admired, going right back to the start of his career with Reading and Watfordís under-23 sides, and Iím delighted that the time has come for us to bring him to Wycombe Wanderers. We feel heís perfectly suited for the way we play and being part of this squad will get the best out of him. Heís quick, strong, holds the ball up well and will score goals for us too. He gives us another option up front and no doubt will learn a lot from Adebayo Akinfenwa who has done a phenomenal job for us in a similar role over the past four years."
He was allocated the No.9 in the Wycombe squad ahead of the 2020/21 season.
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