Jon Otsemobor

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Jon Otsemobor is an English right back, who was born in Liverpool on 23rd March 1983. Otsemobor began his career at Liverpool, with many at Anfield believing the young full back could go on and become a first team regular in future years. Otsemobor made his Liverpool debut on 6th November 2002, in a 3-1 League Cup victory against Southampton.

Otsemobor didn't feature for Liverpool again during 2002/03, and was sent to Division 3 outfit Hull on loan in March. He scored on his debut for The Tigers on 15th March in a 4-2 defeat at Rushden. Otsemobor played another 8 matches for Hull, and managed another 2 goals during that time.

Otsemobor returned to Anfield for 2003/04 and made his first appearance of the season in The Carling Cup against Bolton on December 3rd. He had been involved in an unfortunate incident away from football shortly before that, where he was shot in buttocks in a Liverpool nightclub in October 2003. Otsemobor started four matches for The Reds in the Premiership, before being loaned to Bolton in January. He only made one appearance for The Trotters however, which came on 21st February in a 3-1 defeat to Manchester City.

Otsemobor joined Dario Gradi's Crewe on loan in 2004/05. He played 14 times for The Alex that season, and scored in a 2-2 draw against Leicester on November 2nd 2004. On July 5th 2005 Otsemobor left Liverpool for good, and signed for League One side Rotherham on a free transfer. He got off to a great start for The Millers, scoring on his debut on 23rd August 2005 in a League Cup win over Port Vale. His stay at Millmoor was short lived however. Otsemobor rejoined Crewe on a free transfer in January 2006.

Otsemobor arrived back late for pre season in June 2006, apparently due to a long holiday and a misunderstanding with the club. He played 34 times for Crewe in 2006/07 and performed well enough to earn himself a place in the League One team of the year.

Otsemobor signed for Peter Grant's Norwich City on June 13th 2007 on a free transfer after his contract at Crewe had expired. He had a decent first campaign at Carrow Road, making 47 appearances for The Canaries. Otsemobor's performances were inconsistent the following season however, and some fans began to turn on the former Liverpool full back. He played 40 times during 2008/09, but couldn't stop Norwich dropping from the Championship to League One. Shortly after Paul Lambert arrived as new Canaries boss in August 2009, he lost his starting place to Russell Martin. His final match for Norwich came on December 26th 2009 against Millwall.

Otsemobor joined Southampton on January 14th 2010 on a free transfer. Jon's Saints debut came against Millwall two days later, where he lined up alongside fellow debutants Jose Fonte and Dan Seaborne in a 1-1 draw. Saints had previously used midfielder Lloyd James as first choice right back for most of the season after Graeme Murty's constant injury problems. Otsemobor remained a regular for Alan Pardew's side for the remainder of the campaign. Jon lined up against former club Norwich on 20th February 2010, and performed well in Saints 2-0 win despite being booed by the home fans at Carrow Road. Otsemobor missed out on Southampton's Johnstone's Paint Trophy Wembley win in March because the defender was cup tied, having represented Norwich in the competition earlier in the season. Ironically, Otsemobor lined up against his future side Southampton in December, as Norwich crashed out of the competition on a penalty shoot out, following a 2-2 draw. Otsemobor featured 19 times for Saints in total, but his performances were inconsistent. The defender did not do enough to earn a longer contract at the club, and was released when his 6 month deal was up on 15th May 2010

Otsemobor joined League One side Sheffield Wednesday on 8th June 2010. Otsemobor made his debut for The Owls on 10th August 2010 against Bury in the Carling Cup. He was in and out of the side during his first season at Hillsborough, making 21 appearances for the club in total during 2010/11.