Jose Fonte

  • Jose Fonte
  • Age32
  • Apps265
  • Contract2018/06/30
  • Height6ft 2in (1.87m)
  • PositionDefender

Jose Fonte signed for Southampton from Crystal Palace on 9 January 2010 for a fee believed to be around the region of £1.2 million, signing a three-and-a-half-year contract.

He made his debut one week later alongside two other recent signings, Jon Otsemobor and Danny Seaborne, in a 1–1 draw at Millwall; his first goal for the Saints came on 28 August 2010, in a 4–0 away win against Bristol Rovers.

After scoring seven league goals and helping Southampton gain promotion to the second level, Fonte was named in the League One Team of the Year for the 2010–11 season. He was also voted Southampton’s Player of Year, achieving 64% of the overall vote.

New contract

On 29 December 2011, Fonte signed a new contract keeping him at the club until 2015. Southampton were top of the table when he signed, with the player having appeared in every league game, and he eventually contributed with 42 matches and one goal (against Coventry City in the final matchday) as the side achieved a second consecutive promotion.

Premier League

Fonte made his debut in the Premier League on 19 August 2012, playing the full 90 minutes in a 2–3 away loss against Manchester City.

He netted his first Premier League goal(s) in a 2–2 home draw against Fulham on 7 October, the second arriving in the last minute; on 24 August 2013, he scored a header in the 89th minute of the home game against Sunderland, rescuing a point for his team.

Training bust up

On 23 January 2014, Fonte was attacked by teammate Dani Osvaldo during a training session. Subsequently, the latter was loaned out to Juventus F.C. during the winter transfer window.

Captaincy

On 8 August 2014, Fonte penned a new three-year deal with Southampton running until 2017, and was also named team captain.


Further reading: Wikipedia