Jürgen Locadia is a Dutch professional footballer, born on 7th November 1993 in Emmen, Netherlands. While he primarily plays as a centre-forward, the Dutchman can also operate from both wings. The right-footed footballer currently plies his trade for English Premier League (EPL) side, Brighton and Hove Albion.
Locadia started his football career at a local amateur club, VV Bargeres before joining VV Emmen. In 2004, he moved to FC Emmen and spent four years at the club. He joined Sarto in 2008 before joining Willem II a year later. He finally joined Dutch top-tier side, PSV Eindhoven, in 2010 and ranked up through the youth teams before making his senior team debut.
Locadia represented the Dutch national side at Under-17, Under-18, Under-19, Under-20 and Under-21 level.
Coming on the pitch in 72nd-minute, Locadia netted a goal in his professional debut in a KNVB Bekar encounter against VVSB in September 2011.Locadia’s Dutch League debut garnered all-around praise, as the youngster blasted a memorable hat-trick in 11 minutes against VVV-Venlo in September 2012. He came off the bench as a 68th-minute substitute.
Rise to Glory
Locadia displayed a sumptuous form in the 2017-18 Dutch League top-tier season. He netted nine goals in 15 league appearances for PSV along with thumping four goals against FC Utrecht in September. He also assisted six times in his final season for Eindhoven.
Locadia scored only three goals in 15 his appearances. As a result of that, the promising centre-forward was stationed on the bench of the Netherlands senior team in two matches. Later, he was left out of the squad for sustaining the malleolar injury in November 2017.
A month later, he suffered a hamstring injury during a league game against Ajax and was sidelined for two months.
Since joining PSV in 2011, Locadia netted 62 times in 172 appearances in all competitions. He won two Eredivisie, one KNVB Bekar and three Super Cup with PSV.
In January 2018, Locadia penned a four-and-a-half contract with Brighton for a club-record fee of 14.1 million Euro. Locadia celebrated his first match for the English side scoring a goal in the pre-quarterfinal clash of FA Cup against Coventry in February 2018.